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#1 Kellyannjones



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Posted 08 May 2017 - 01:40 AM

Hope someone can shed some light for me!
I've recently managed to get hold of all the equipment I need to start up a home studio. I have an old but well cared for Pottery Equipment electric wheel which is really tall and I'm 5 ft 4. It doesn't have a seat attached. Does anyone have a suggestion of what to do about seating? Are there any tall adjustable stools out there or should I get a stool with a platform underneath if it isn't tall enough? Or should I go about making an attached seat or just stand up? If I stand it's still too tall so should I get a platform? Any help would be much appreciated! (The edge of the pan currently comes up to about 6 inches above my belly button).
Thank you.

#2 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 07:47 AM

Attached File  stools.jpg   46.2KB   1 downloadsAttached File  stoolatwheel.jpg   39.58KB   1 downloadsI made my own with an adjustable seat to sit flat or slant for back comfort. Has storage container and adjustable legs.
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Posted 08 May 2017 - 09:58 AM

I use this 31xxihjs2gl.jpgIt really works well for me, and the seat back helps me to put pressure on the clay when centering without being too much. It is adjustable, and easily cleans. Find it at most larger pottery shops or online. Made by Speedball.




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#4 Chris Throws Pots

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 10:05 AM

School lab stools (think high school chemistry class) are great. They are relatively inexpensive (~$50) and come in a variety of styles: taller, shorter, with and without backs, hardboard or cushioned seats. The legs are typically adjustable to allow for varying heights. I have a tall one that has a back and a padded seat cushion, though I had to add an extra cushion for comfort. I also have the back legs set one notch longer/taller than the front legs to tilt me toward the wheel for better leverage. 


I'd air on the side of a taller stool. You can always prop your wheel up on bricks/cinder blocks if it's too low for the stool... not so much the other way around.


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 10:26 AM

The seat is really comfortable. Remove the gas cylinder that comes with it and get a bar stool height gas cylinder. I removed the back support from mine. Saw Steven Hill in a workshop. He uses a drummer's seat, big and wide.



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Posted 08 May 2017 - 10:45 AM

If you want to throw while sitting down can you shorten the wheel base height? Sounds like it's set up for a taller person to stand while throwing. More and more evidence that sitting for long periods of time isn't good for heart health, don't know if you just work a couple hours a day or all day so might be somewhat irrelevant. Simplest would be to just stand on something so the wheel head is about tummy button height, adjust what you are standing on until you get it comfortable. Doesn't take long to learn to throw standing.  

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 10:30 PM

Get a platform to stand on and try throwing standing up. Target the wheel head height to your belly button and adjust from there. I enjoy throwing standing up. I do have a office chair that adjusts to the height I need when I am OCD about the top or rim of a bottle and want to get right up on it.

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:59 AM

The seat is really comfortable. Remove the gas cylinder that comes with it and get a bar stool height gas cylinder. I removed the back support from mine. Saw Steven Hill in a workshop. He uses a drummer's seat, big and wide.




This is what I've been using since they came out a long time ago.  Modified the back support (simple bending work) to bring it a bit further forward for my back.  Did not have to change out the gas cylinder.  I use the tilt as far forward as it goes.  Pricey.... but this is a REAL back saver.





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#9 Joseph F

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 10:29 AM

I use this:http://www.shimpocer...able_stool.html


Adjusted so my back is angled correctly towards the wheel. 


However I also get up a lot. I have small ware boards that I throw pots on, depending on size, then I move them to the wall. So I probably get up several times an hour. 


I also do all my handle work and everything else at a standing desk. So the only time I sit down is when I am throwing. If I was sitting at a table doing work I would probably reverse this and make sure I was standing when I throw. 


Just make sure what ever you sit on is angled otherwise you are in for back pain quickly. Found this out the hard way when I first started.

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 09:09 PM

i have not read these answers this evening but i do not remember anyone saying the seat level should be close to the height of the wheelhead.  you should not be reaching up or down to get to the wheelhead.

"putting you down does not raise me up."

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