There are many wheels in the ceramics department. They turn with a motor, speed changes with the foot pedal like a sewing machine. It looks like a flat pizza pan (around 12 - 14 inches?) with circular rings in different sizes, all centred from the middle. When the wheel rotates, you put clay in the middle, start "throwing". The trick is to keep hands steady, exerting equal pressure, having the speed of the wheel in mind. It is really hard to get used to the feel at first, but once you get used to it, it is rather meditating.
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