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What does hand thrown pottery mean?

The origin of "To throw" is Old English which means to twist, to turn or to propel. A few potters describe their work at the potters wheel as turning. The Old English word thrawan from which to throw means to twist or turn.

Going back even farther, the Indo-European root *ter- means to rub, rub by twisting, twist, and turn.

The German word drehen, a direct relative of to throw, means turn and is used in German for throwing.

Because the activity of forming pots on the wheel has not changed since Old English times, the word throw has retained its original meaning in the language of pottery but has developed a completely different meaning in everyday usage.

People who say they throw pots are using the Old English term correctly and those who say they turn pots are using the more current language. Each are describing the same thing. 


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