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#15433 Shoulder Tendonitis/Bursitis

Posted by ThisIsMelissa on 03 April 2012 - 08:05 AM

I'm too young to have these kinds of issues!

Since I got my wheel at home, I'm noticing that my right shoulder has an ache.... kinda right inside the joint and sometimes the dull pain goes down to my elbow.

I'm 100% certain it's related to more time on the wheel. I asked my friend, an orthopedist's assistant, about it, she said it was probably tendonitis/bursitis of that shoulder tendon/bursa.... But there's not a lot that can be done, short of surgery, which I'm not anywhere close to needing.... that, and NSAID pain relievers (Advil does help).

Surely, some of you all suffer from the same issues. Does anyone know any exercises that can help reduce stress on that joint? I'd rather not grow reliant on Advil. I don't like to take meds if I don't have to, and would prefer a more proactive route to helping with this.


#14393 First time on a wheel...

Posted by ThisIsMelissa on 01 March 2012 - 07:32 PM

I started on the wheel in December.
The counterclockwise thing was awkward to me at first too.

Yes, trim your nails.

Look up some videos from Tim See on Youtube. I learned a ton from him.

Centering.... try the cone up, cone down method. Works well.

Once a piece flops, you shouldn't try to re-mound the clay. You WILL get air bubbles. Recycle the clay and move on to a new ball of clay.

Wiring off. If you're not using a bat, then you should wire off relatively soon. If you don't, as the piece shrinks, you run the risk of it cracking if it's still stuck to the wheel. You'll learn to leave yourself a thick enough foot so as to be able to remove it from the wheel. It takes practice to be able to get stuff off the wheel without making a mess of it. If you feel like it'll flop as you're removing it, there might be issues: too much water, maybe you've not taken enough slip off the sides and interior. Could also be your piece is too thin or you've thrown it outside the "Safe zone".... in which case, it'd be a good idea to leave the wheel on super slow and put a fan on it.... allowing the piece to dry up a bit and bring in some stability.

My single biggest suggestion is to not become emotionally attached to a piece. It's hard not to at first. But even after its thrown, there are a lot of things that can go wrong.... not getting it off the bat, cracking during drying, punching thru during trimming, cracking in the kiln, terrible glazing, sticking to the kiln shelf, etc.

Good luck!