We usually start with Russell's simple wheel thrown form.

A finished piece from both of us.

​​​​Artisan Functional Pottery in Lancaster, PA

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From wheel to slab to finish

Then Annie adds handles, a knob, spout or even "ears".

If the piece is basically round, it was likely started on the wheel.

Those can be altered in shape and form while still soft. 
The application of handles, spouts, impressions and other embellishments  come shortly thereafter.