I've been throwing for about 2 years as a hobby at a local studio and I'm trying to focus on getting better at throwing. I've noticed that I use more clay to make any pot than someone with more experience than me. I'm trying to use less clay now, but when I open the clay to the width I want the final pot is always much less wide because I was trying so hard to pull up more clay.
For example there is a mug that my instructor makes with .75lbs of clay and I have tried to make the same mug with the same dimensions with .75lbs and I can't get my mug as big as his height and width. I open to the width I want the mug and then when pulling clay up I end up pushing the clay and making the width less than what I started with also.
Any tips for using less clay?
Also, should I try to open the clay wider than I want it to be so it doesn't end up smaller or should I focus on pulling the clay up and not pushing in so much?
Do not push the clay out. Keep the rim as narrow as possible, then the cylinder will rise.Way easier to widen out the piece later.