Newbie in Clay and Glaze Chemistry Posted July 2, 2010 · Report reply Hi Im very new to pottery and watch this forum closely for tips and techniques. I look constantly on the internet for pottery information. I took a beginners class in march and now have joined a pottery group. Ive been learning thru watching other potters..asking tons of questions and trial and error. I was wondering if you could give a beginner one piece of advice what would it be? Also, is there other pottery sites you visit? (nothing wrong with this one...just like to look around) Thanks! patti If you are learning to throw, practice cylinders. Weigh out 2 lbs. lumps and throw them into 10" cylinders as a goal. Wedge them up and do it over and over, cutting them in half checking the wall thickness. That is the best practice I know for learning to throw and I taught that way for several decades. Save a few cylinders and pull as many handles as can fit on them. Attach a stub to the cylinder and pull a handle. Keep wetting your hand every other pull or so. Get 10-15 handles pulled. Practice is the best way to master anything.