Modelling with the Potter's Wheel
The potter puts the clay into the centre of the turntable and keeps wetting it as it turns. Then, by using his fingers, he molds the walls of the object from the bottom upwards into the desired form. Utensils help give the finishing touches to the shape, and finally the object is lifted away from the wheel with a steel cable.
After a brief drying out period, the clay reaches the required hard leather consistency, which allows it to be finished off and possibly engraved. Now, the handles and other parts can be attached because the clay is hard enough, although it still retains a certain level of plasticity.