The master thrower is usually given some shapes to throw before hand, but we do not give him that so he is free to explore whatever shape he likes in the demo. Here are some he came up with after looking at some pots in the studio. I was pretty inspired by this shape. It is also a good feeling to see so many pots wet and sitting everywhere.
At his presentation. Tao means pottery and Yao means kiln. Just to answer the question in advance: no Yao ming's first name is not kiln. In the chinese language there are 4 general tones and I am sure his name has a different one than the one used for kiln.