Position At The Wheel
Posted 29 April 2011 - 12:06 PM
Many thanks in advance!
Posted 29 April 2011 - 01:01 PM
Posted 29 April 2011 - 04:32 PM
I am a new potter, and am currently sitting, hunched over my wheel when I throw. I am thinking about raising my wheel so I am standing while I work. Have any of you made the transition from sitting to standing? How was it? How did you do it? How much did you raise the wheel? I learned to centre with my left elbow tucked into my hip, so I'm thinking that the height of the wheel head should be at my hip? Any tips? Any websites or videos I should go to for advice or insight?
Many thanks in advance!
Posted 29 April 2011 - 04:41 PM
Good luck and enjoy pottery.
Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:20 AM
Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:52 PM
this is a topic close to my heart. I already had a very serious back injury when I started throwing and knew my time at the wheel would be limited at each session.
I certainly didnt want to further injure myself so took regular breaks - threw no longer than 15-20 minute sessions at a time- which is difficult because as we all know you get in the groove and dont want to stop
The brick under your foot, that Marcia suggested, is great because it helps aline your upper leg- your knee should never sit any higher than your hip if you are seated. The lower your knee is from your hip the better, even to the point of still being seated but nearly standing -hope that makes sense
I also asked my physio for some tips and he came to my studio and showed me some great pre throwing exercises, the correct way to sit with your ab and core muscles contracted for support and some stretches to do in the mini breaks between throwing sessions.
Initially it was a lot for my brain to take in, because I was already thinking about hands and centreing and wall pulls etc etc so add thinking about posture it was a challenge.
but just like learning to throw, it becomes second nature- so too sitting correctly became second nature. I had a massive amount of throwing to do last year with it being my major study subject and I came through unscathed.
Look after your back!!!
Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:32 PM
1 The wheel head is at the height of my seat, with my upper legs level, knnees no higher than my butt,with the non pedal foot evened out with a brick
2. I make my self get up from the wheel every other pot to get more clay or store finished pots.
3. I get a massage every 2 weeks from someone who really understands balancing out my body.
Posted 05 January 2012 - 06:55 PM
Madmingei had some good advice there in his/her comments. My background is also based heavily in Japanese techniques and approaches...... and I find they tend to use the body with more awareness of finese and sensitivity rather than the application of brute stregnth and imposed will. It is approaching it as a dance with the clay, not an attempt to dominate it.
In my throwing classes I too teach effective use of the human anatomy...... building on having some very high level background in sports instruction and a bit of martial arts training too. Understanding that you are working with the physics of the materials and tools combined with the human body in motion.... and that goes a long way to using your body effectively.
And taking BREAKS when doing ANYTHING in the studio goes a long way to giving your body time to recover from sucessive minor insults that can eventually become chronic major issues.
One BIG focus to make sure is happening at a very base level..... are you BREATHING while you are working, particularly when centering? Or do you have this tendency to take a big deep breath, hold it, and then apply pressure to the clay to center or pull up? If so, you are likely tensing up every muscle in your body.....and not using the capabilities that your particular body has effectively. Any budoka (martial arts student) learns the importance of breathing and the timing and nature of breathing early on in training.
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 01:08 PM
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