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Are you left-handed?  Ignore it.  In the Orient, wheels traditionally rotate clockwise, while in the West, they rotate counter clockwise.  Right and left-handed potters in Japan do quite well working with positions exactly oposite the positions shown in these photographs.  Throwing is a skill in which it depends on the how you learn it - not whether you are right or left-handed.  Therefore left-handed pottery students should be assured that they can use their hands in the same positions that right-handed potters do.  Both hands do equally important work. These photos assume the wheel is turning counter clockwise as in the West.   -mb

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