Grateful for the wheel today. It's been weeks since I've been back to the pottery studio. The process of getting the clay ready for pulling and shaping is called centering. You first have to push and push the clay until it's right at the center of the wheel. Lots of elbow work, getting the underside of your palm right up under the clay mound. At first it's uncomfortable, and you're not sure if you're dong it right. But work the clay enough and you'll feel right where it's supposed to be.