This is a basic demonstration on center clay on a potter’s wheel by Deb Schwartzkopf at Rat City Studios in Seattle, WA. Find our about the studio, classroom handout PDF Downloads, and more at…
Additional Tips for Centering Clay:
Start by adjusting your seat to be very close to the wheel.
Your feet should be firmly planted on the ground. (if you are on your toes, consider finding a brick or wood block to place under you foot). Keep your hands supporting each other when possible. Support your forearms on the splash pan of the wheel and your elbows against your body. The motion of moving the clay upward and then downward is the main component of centering. Always take your hands off slowly to maintain the centeredness of the clay. Move slowly and with decided action. Remember to breathe : )