Originally Posted by Beenaway2long
If I were making the piece you showed in the pic, I would first hammer it with a mallet and a shot bag to stretch it out faster. Then tuck shrnk the sides a bit. Insert it into my wheel, to knock the lumps out.
I want to make sure I'm properly reading this advice Beenaway. In general, should I be looking to rough out all my cured work with a mallet/bag (or other hand methods) and really using the English Wheel as a smoothing tool rather than a shaping tool?