This week I’ve been having another go at throwing larger pieces using a range of 1.5 to 2.5 kg of clay. Armed with a bit more experience it has been much better, although I did manage to break two when turning some yesterday… ahem.

The biggest challenge for me has been pulling out the clay to a large enough base size whilst keeping it centred and the base even. With small pots once you get a rhythm going you can centre, open and pull up relatively quickly. I have come to realise with large things you really have to take your time and repeat things like centring and compressing the base over and over again. Here Hsinchuen Lin makes it look easy. I’m chuffed though, as I’ve finished with seven dishes ranging from 25 to over 32cm in diameter… Now let’s see if I can manage to get them safely through decorating and the biscuit and glaze firings.