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How Fast Do You Run Your Wheel When Centering?

17 July 2014 - 02:25 PM

Is the speed of the wheel a factor for you when you are centering and coning up and down?  Is a bigger, higher HP wheel an advantage?  Some say they handle 75 lbs, some say 200lbs, both are WAY more clay than I will ever center. 

Which Wheel For This Person?

17 July 2014 - 02:22 PM

One of my newer hand building students wants to buy a wheel.  She has had just enough instruction to sort of center a 2 lb ball of clay and while a bit hesitant, is very focused, a good learned , OCD enough to want to get it right and does several other things with a good bit of skill.   She says she likes the wheel better than HB.  She has a studio near her to work in and room for a wheel and others who, while not wheel throwers, can run a kiln and have glazes. 

What wheel should I suggest she buy?  I have a TS Revolution, a Brent B and 2 really light weight others on loan to me, a Shimpo Whisper lite and a Pacifica 400.  I can tell a tremendous difference between the TS and the 2 light weight ones.  She has been using the Pacifica. I am going to but her on the TS tomorrow and see if she knows the difference.

Any recommendations?  Price is not a big issue. The cheapest wheel is $775, the most . the TS, is $1,200.


Where To Start With Wheel Newbies?

10 July 2014 - 01:20 PM

Where would you start a wheel beginner ?  cylinders or bowls?  I have a friend that want to give it a try and may or may not ever want to get one the wheel again.  He is a hand builder and asked if I would give him a week of instruction to see if he liked it.

So, 3 days, where  would you start with this guy?  I think he wants to have some finished product from this.

Which Wheel For My Student?

09 July 2014 - 04:19 PM

I have a student that wants to buy a wheel.  I have a TS, it is too large for her. She is a small woman. what good quality wheel will be a better fit for her?  She has to really stretch to get to the center of the TS.

How Did You Choose Your Glaze Pallet?

16 June 2014 - 08:15 AM

I have been thinking I might have too many different glazes in my studio, but can't figure out how to choose which ones to eliminate.

How many do you use regularly  If you only have a few, say 3-5, do you only make things that you feel will look good in those glazes ?


I am always thinking of something new piece I want to make and then figuring out which glaze to put on it afterwards.  Probably following form first and finished look later. 

I will follow my inspiration through the making of the new piece until I am really happy with the shape, pattern, texture, etc. and sometime it get bisque and sits until I decide which of many glazes it needs.

  Not the most efficient way to make, for sure, and not what I do always, but often enough to be bugging me.  If I narrow my glaze group, It will be harder to finish those pieces, but I have too many variables in each kiln right now.