The Potter's Wheel is the nineteenth chapter of Taran Wanderer. Here the hero must face, once again, his own failure to achieve something he ardently wishes to master.

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In Commot Merin of the Free Commots, Taran offered to shoulder a mud-delving man's load of mud buckets and found the burden more than he could bear; he gave the man back the load and was astonished to see the man lift the buckets easily. Inside the man's hut Taran saw a variety of ceramic wares, and quickly recognized the work as that of Annlaw Clay-Shaper, the master craftsman about whom Fflewddur Fflam had told him.

Taran discovered a true love of pottery and asked Annlaw to teach him his craft.
Potters wheel
Annlaw agreed, and spent a long time teaching Taran, who after many failures, produced one that was "Beginner's work ... but not to be ashamed of." Heartened by this early success, Taran nonetheless found to his dismay that he could not master the skill of pottery, the one skill he most desired to learn.

Annlaw consoled him and suggested he might stay on in Commot Merin, to help him with his work. He asked Taran to take a cartload of wares into Commot Isav, and Taran, still despondent over his failure, consented.

Taran Wanderer
1. Who Am I? | 2. Cantrev Cadiffor | 3. Goryon and Gast | 4. A Matter of Cows | 5. A Judgement | 6. A Frog | 7. Friends in Danger | 8. The Wall of Thorns | 9. The Hand of Morda | 10. The Broken Spell | 11. Dorath | 12. The Wager | 13. The Lost Lamb | 14. The End of Summer | 15. The Open Cage | 16. Taran Wanderer | 17. The Weir | 18. The Free Commots | 19. The Potter's Wheel | 20. The Spoilers | 21. The Mirror
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