Ceramic pots are often made on a potter's wheel. This is a fast and easy method to make round items from clay. Other artists prefer to make their clay pieces by hand. While they can easily form round pieces, forming the clay without a wheel offers a larger variety of basic shapes. The choice to use or not use the wheel is generally based on the shape needed for the final product. If a non-round piece is needed, the artist will use hand molding or sculpting to shape their clay for the texturing process.