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PART 3 of Throwing off the Hump. Cutting a pot off the hump is often one of the most challenging aspects of hump throwing for people. I've gotten many requests for a video like this one, so I hope this helps. Once I've fully formed and shaped the pot that I want, I lightly squeeze the base of the pot, just below where the floor is. I then take my pointer finger and put it in the small groove I have made, and accentuate it a little more by pushing in. I use my pointer finger every time because it gives me a consistent size "foot". I can always be confident that I have at least one pointer finger worth of clay to trim a foot into, instead of a random estimated amount each time. As you can see in the video, I turn my pointer finger clockwise, and put my fingernail down to the ground. This creates a small groove/indention for my cutoff string to lay in. I then take my string (you will have to experiment with the thickness and softness of the string. If it is too thin it will break eventually and you will have a hard time separating the pot from the hump. If it's too thick you'll have an uneven cut and your pot will come off the hump while trying to cut it) and lay it in the small fingernail groove as the wheel is spinning. After one full revolution I pull the string out parallel to the ground. It is important to be careful when you pull the string tight because you can easily cut through part of your pot/part of the hump and make an uneven cut. This video was a good example to show that the string method isn't perfect but it works quite well. I had a small uneven cut if you look closely to the cutoff mark. This is not the end of the world, but just means I may have to take an extra 30 seconds later to trim the foot even. Finally when it is time to remove the pot, I spread my fingers out like peace signs and lift one side of the pot (by the lowest/thickest part of the pot) to remove it from the hump. Please leave any questions below!