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video for new to middlin' throwing

updated tue 7 dec 99


elizabeth priddy on mon 6 dec 99

My video was made explicitly for people who are
at the beginning to middle stages of throwing.
I reviewed all the videos on the market that I
was aware of, about 6 in all, on beginning
throwing. I found that all of them were handy
for me, a person who has been throwing since the
tender age of 16. But I got the distinct
feeling, that if I didn't already know what I
was doing, i wouldn't know from the tape either.

Many people who have reviewed my tape agree that
it is better for the beginner to middlin'
thrower. It has three camera angles that show
the gory details on how to hold your fingers,
very clear and explicit delineation of steps to
throwing, and tips on practice. For the
mid-range experienced, I insert hints and tips
in a low key way (so as not to distract the real
beginner) that are very helpful, but not too
much information. I won't talk about other
people's videos specifically, but mine was made
to be something I thought was missing from the
available tapes. You can read about it at my

It is not about anything except how to throw and
practice. It is non-threatening and easy to
use. It has throwing demos at the end for ideas
and a demonstration of how fast and easy it all
ought to be. it specifically addresses the
mechanics of throwing in a scientific rather
than a feely way and this makes the biggest
difference. Anyway, contact me off line if you
are interested.

I just got more tapes made, and so I have the
ones I owe a couple of people in the mail and a
few on hand if anyone wants to try one for their
classes or themselves.

Sorry to talk about quasi-business stuff here.
I usually don't but my tape really was made just
for the needs expressed in this post.

It was broadcast on PBS in North Carolina and
is available for broadcast on other PBS
affiliates if anyone wants to suggest it to
their local station.

It is also in the rental collection at Carolina
Clay in Charlotte.


Clay: 12,000 yrs and still fresh!

On Sun, 5 Dec 1999 16:07:04 Joan & Tom Woodward wrote:
>----------------------------Original message----------------------------
>I read with interest (and gratitude) the recent posts (responding to Sue Beach,
>I think?) regarding the time and work required to get to the point where one ca
>reliably produce good quality pots. Having just said to my husband "I can't
>call myself a potter!" in frustration over what felt like significant
>backsliding, I was reassured to realize that I hadn't begun to put in my time.
>It's wonderful to get the benefit of highly experienced, good folks.
>Along those lines, I decided that it would probably be valuable for me to get
>one of the basic throwing videos to stare at a few dozen times and see where
>I've gone off on my own, unproductive tangents. Then the question becomes,
>which one? Robin Hopper's? Jepson? Pipenburg? Other? And what about some
>good glazing demo? I learned with brushing, and my dipping techniques leave
>much to be desired. Would love to get get any feedback.
>Joan in Alaska where we just walked downtown and got some early Christmas
>shopping done until the crowds started showing up, at which time we hightailed
>it out of there and walked back to our peaceful abode!

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