So apparently I sparked a bit of the competitive streak in Bill when I told him that he shouldn't get his hopes up too high for his throwing class. He wanted to throw a big bowl.
I didn't scoff.
But in the end he proved me wrong. He took to clay like a duck takes to water.
Here is is final bowl. It was 10.5 pounds of wet clay and about 14 inches across. Dried and fired it weighed 5.5 pounds and is 10.5 inches across.