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#43385 How Much Can A Production Potter Throw?

Posted by yedrow on 28 September 2013 - 08:41 PM

I like challenges. When I was younger I played foosball for money. I got 9.5 inches in two pulls and just a squeak under 12 in three. If I did a few with that purpose in mind I'm certain I could get up around 13" or maybe a little more. I torqued this one about half-way up (trying too hard) and that cost me a little height.




Thanks for pointing that out, it was fun.



#43384 12 Inch Club

Posted by yedrow on 28 September 2013 - 08:35 PM

Just a tad under 12 on one try, three pulls, with a bottom.


12 In Pot

#43217 How Much Can A Production Potter Throw?

Posted by yedrow on 24 September 2013 - 08:52 PM


Mind my asking how often you work at the pace you listed?


I throw four to five days a week at work, and I work at home some as well. It's a pretty tight pace. Throwing bigger stuff uses up a lot of clay. That being said, unlike Neil and others I don't throw anything over 20 pounds and rarely that much. I make production stuff at the pace customers purchase it. Most of what I make is 6 pounds and under. That means lots of mugs and pie plates.





#43143 How Much Can A Production Potter Throw?

Posted by yedrow on 23 September 2013 - 08:29 PM

I do what should probably be called quasi-production. I don't make only one thing, I make several different items and often three or four different things in a day. I throw around 35 to 40 one pound mugs in an hour, around 18 pie plates in an hour, and around 18 three pound spoon jars in an hour. I throw between 100 and 150 pounds of clay in a day.

I hand make my handles. To do this I roll the clay into a ball, then without changing much of the motion, I roll it into a carrot shape. Then I slap this down to flatten one side and then cut off the tip of the big end. I wet both the mug and the big end and attach the handle. I can do this in about the time a person using an extruder takes, when doing a run of 30 mugs. After 30 mugs the extruder starts getting faster. But, if I'm doing 10 mugs I'm much faster. All total it takes me about 4 minutes to throw, trim, and handle a mug.

Repetition is the trick. On top of that, I'm a form guy. I have no interest at all in a well glazed pot if it doesn't have good form. I follow a simple set of rules I learned from a Ferguson quote, "First learn technical skills, then form, then the kiln/glaze, and finally surface." Most of the work I've seen ignores the first two parts and goes straight to glaze and decoration. But to me, to get the beauty out of a pot, you need the form. Form comes from control and control comes from practice. Just make lots of pots. And, if you can, find a good handle and try to reproduce it. I think I have a good handle, here is a pic. Feel free to give it a shot. Another couple of tips: Good handles come from a good eye for negative space, and let yourself flow, like water. Beauty comes from natural motions in an analog sense, not from digital skips and jumps.


the first sputtering of production in my new studio




#31932 Problem Centering

Posted by yedrow on 31 March 2013 - 11:24 PM

For me, close to center is close enough. If you can neither feel a wobble nor see a wobble then it's close enough. The only real value of centering lie in its effect on where and how you put the opening hole. You want that hole to be as close to exactly center as you can get it. I do this by creating a dent in the top, letting my right thumb ride on the interior of the rim of that dent, then using it to guide my left thumb to the depth of my hole.

Like everything else in wheel thrown pottery it is best to use a smooth motion that moves at the same speed through the length of that motion. If you do this right they hole should make itself.

After that you need to make sure your opening fingers travel away from the center at an even distance from the bat. This allows the bottom to be even, and more importantly in this case, it keeps spirals from forming in the bottom. The excess clay in those uneven spirals comes from the walls of the pot which is now back to uneven. Uneven feels the same as uncentered.


#25737 What are these?

Posted by yedrow on 29 November 2012 - 01:25 AM

Them are lil' doodads. They're for fillin' in the empty spaces between big doodads.

#23371 vases leaking water!

Posted by yedrow on 09 October 2012 - 10:53 AM

I would find a similar object that doesn't leak and tap it lightly against something solid but not extremely hard. Then tap the two vases. It may be that they have dunted a little, but not enough to be real visible. I've seen pots with hairline cracks that reveal themselves by leaking. Other than that, if you are using a common glaze that you know vitrifies at cone 6, on a body that you know is supposed to vitrify at cone 6, and they both look normal, it seems likely to me they are both vitrified. If it is a new clay on the other hand, you may need to talk to your supplier. As Jim said, glaze doesn't always produce an in impermeable barrier.


#21109 Handling Mugs.

Posted by yedrow on 22 August 2012 - 07:37 AM

I'm sticking handles on these in this video. The clay is real soft so it is whipping at the ends. Other than that it went pretty well.



#20063 Two Minute Pie Plate.

Posted by yedrow on 01 August 2012 - 12:38 AM

I must apologize for the sound, we're shooting these on a point and shoot camera. I will try to dub over with some play-by-play when I can. I made a few of these yesterday but as I was going back to my studio I tripped and fell down the stairs onto some jagged flint rocks that make up much of my back yard. I gouged a chunk of hide out of my knee and banged myself up pretty good, so I've been laying low today and just got around to putting the pie plate video up. I have a couple more videos, including trimming the mugs, and making a utensile holder. And, when I get to feeling a bit better I'll trim some bowls I made yesterday.

#17955 Potters wheel comparisons

Posted by yedrow on 09 June 2012 - 09:16 PM

I do not recommend a Pacifica, we have one that is just a few months old and already we've had to replace the pedal and it feels like the bearings are going out. I don't like Brent for production use, but I think it would be a great studio wheel, and I like their kick/electrics. I know two production potters who love their VL Whispers, I personally don't like the RKs. I know one master potter who is pleased with his Bailey. I like the Soldner type of wheel, but they're a bit pricey for the average potter. Creative Industries makes cheap wheels, nuff said.

I strongly recommend trying the pedal first. Lots of people talk about power, but if you have a weak pedal you are much more limited than if you can't throw a 50# block of clay. I know a 110# woman who can center a 6# chunk of clay as well as I can, and I'm a stout guy. Precision trumps power IMO. However, if you are planning on centering 15 or 20 pounds, you may want to go for a stronger wheel. If on the other hand you are planning on turning out coffee mugs and pie plates, a responsive pedal is top of the list. I can throw on anything, but a touchy pedal, well, it just makes pottery not fun.

#16818 Did I get ripped off?

Posted by yedrow on 06 May 2012 - 08:19 PM

Probably not. I personally don't care for Brent wheels but I'm a professional potter. At worst you may have gotten more wheel than you need with the 1hp motor. It you caught one on sale, for a little more, you could have gotten a brand new VL Whisper; a better wheel IMO. All in all though, unless the pedal is bad or something like that, you did perty good.