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The Potter's Dilemma

Though you might have romantic visions of sitting down at a potter’s wheel with your beloved, the truth is that pottery transcends that notoriously sexy scene from "Ghost." If you've ever wanted to work with clay, we've decoded the pros and cons of wheel throwing versus hand building for beginners.

What it boils down to: patience. If a steep learning curve doesn’t bother you in the slightest (and you STILL can’t get Patrick Swayze out of your mind), then wheel throwing might be for you. If you’re the casual hobbyist that doesn’t mind getting your hands dirty, consider hand-building. You might even go home with a finished piece on your very first try.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Read on to get the lowdown on the techniques and skills you’ll need to learn if you’re debating between wheel building and hand-throwing.