Handbuilding Vs. Wheel Throwing

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

In pottery it’s very common for beginners to ask the difference between Hand Building and Wheel Throwing techniques.Hand building and Wheel throwing are both ways to create pottery pieces out of clay. They both have their own benefits that come with the disadvantage too. With this post we hope that we can inform you a little bit about Hand Building Vs. Wheel Throwing, so that you can choose which one is perfect for your needs.


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Hand Building, just like the name itself, is a technique to form an object out of clay using your own hands. Slab Building, Coiling, and Pinching are also counted as Hand Building. Usually in Hand Building you will combine several techniques altogether. With Hand Building, you can create anything. It is limitless! You can have many choices of realizing the objects you conceived. Not like Throwing method, Hand Building is about freedom and flexibility. You can make things that can’t be achieved by Wheel Throwing such as making a flat/slabbed form or a sculpture. But the downside is that Hand Building is time consuming and it is harder for you to replicate things.