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Cut the Bowl Off the Wheel

You may let the bowl sit for a time, allowing it to dry slightly before cutting it from the bat. If you wish, you can remove the bat from the wheel head, let the bowl dry elsewhere, then return the bat and attached bowl to the wheel for cutting the piece free.

Stretch your cutting wire as taut as possible across the far side of the bat. Start the wheel rotating very slowly. Keeping the wire flush to the bat's surface and as taut as possible; bring the wire toward you in one slow, continuous motion. Stop the wheel and carefully remove the bat from the wheel head.

Place the bat somewhere out of harm's way. When the pot is leather hard (approximately one to three days) gently lift it from the bat and store it carefully. The pot will be ready for its bisque firing when it is bone-dry.

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