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  1. Hi Guys, I'm new to the forum and considering buying my first potters wheel this year. I already own a kiln (a Comet ECO P59240-E from Pottery Craft) and have been hand building for a little while. I'm just coming to the end of a 10 week throwing course and feel that a wheel is the right step for my little online shop. I went to view a 2nd hand wheel this week but quickly realised it was big and noisy, because of this I'm leaning towards a Shimpo Whisper but I've also read great things about Brent wheels. I'm used to throwing on wheels with bigger splash pans - because of the smaller size
  2. Hello! I am fairly new to throwing and have just bought my own wheel, a Rhode HMT 500. First few weeks of throwing everything was greet, but now whenever I throw directly on the wheel head I am getting this black substance that feels gritty. It’s actually really abrasive and hurts my hands after a while. I thought it may be residue from some more heavily grogged clay I was throwing, but I have cleaned and cleaned the wheel head. On a totally clean wheel, if I wet my finger and let it run over the wheel head I can see and feel this black gritty substance build up. Does anyone
  3. I have an Axner electric wheel. It's 15 years old, but I've only really used it in the last 2 months. It began making a whirring noise today. Followed troubleshooting guide that came with model and discerned that when wheel is on and in neutral, if I turn it by hand there is no noise. Troubleshooting guide suggests greasing bearings but provides no guidance on how to do this. Can anyone point me to a video or instructions?
  4. Looking to buy my first wheel for home (will be in my garage). I throw porcelain including larger platters/plates so I need a two part splash pan. I’m deciding between a Brent C or CXC or a Bailey ST-X or XL. I have used a Brent but not the Bailey. Considering the Bailey given the larger splash pan, trim guard attachment and the fact that it is a bit cheaper. But don’t want to be penny wise and pound foolish.... would love some feedback from those with experience on these wheels. Thanks!
  5. Hello, I am selling my Shimpo VL Whisper wheel. I've used it for less than 1 year and it is almost new. I am in the NYC area. Please let me know if you are interested.
  6. Looking for a used pottery wheel (ideally Brent) within 120 miles of Kent, CT.
  7. Hi folks, it's been awhile. I've still been throwing pots and being a potter. Recently I made a leach style treadle wheel and I love it. It was made with less expensive materials, pine instead of hardwood, and a couple other decisions I made that kept cost down. I'm thinking I might be able to make a Leach style Treadle Wheel for about $1000, unfinished. Maybe $1200 painted. Do the wise sages of this ceramics board have any idea if there would be any sort of market for this? Here's my thought. I've always wanted one of these wheels, and my buddy came across some abandoned homemade versio
  8. Looking for a used pottery wheel in the NY/ New England area. Will pick up.
  9. Hi! I had just bought myself a used pottery wheel, a Thomas Stuart kick wheel just like in the image with the motor attachment and everything. When I originally picked it up the owner showed me how the motor worked, but as I am reassembling the wheel in my backyard I can't get the motor to work. Any help or suggestions would be super appreciated since I really know nothing about motors! Happy to take pictures or anything else. Thanks for reading, Noah
  10. Hi everyone! I have taken a few throwing classes and am in love. I really want to purchase a wheel, but I noticed they can go for quite a hefty price. Does anyone have any budget friendly wheels they can recommend? Greatly appreciate it :)
  11. I haven't used my Brent cxc for a few months. When I tried to turn it on today nothing happened . Is there any kind of reset button? Any ideas? It is 2 1/2 years old. thank you, Don
  12. Hi Everyone! i was wondering if it's possible to use a wheel on the second floor of our house? We have wooden floors and my boyfriend is concerned about the wheels vibrations/weight... Is this something you think will cause problems? Thanks, Caroline
  13. I have several shimpo wheels, all with 12" wheel heads. Consequently, my accessories are set up for that size. I recently bought a new skutt wheel, and of course it comes with a 14" head. I want to use my other accessories, can it be as simple as buying a 12" head. The beauty of the skutt wheel is it's tooless wheelhead removal. The additional head is 150$ though. Does anybody know if the sizes are the same between these manufacturers.
  14. Hello I really hope you can help me decide whether it is me or my wheelhead. I bought a new wheel four weeks ago and although I have little potting experience my Mum and Aunt were potters who learnt by themselves so I am doing tge same. Prior to purchasing this wheel there was a delay because they were having problems with the wheelhead. I think they still have. Please can any of you wonderful potters give me your verdict asap. I have attached two videos to help. Thanking you in advance. I don't seem able to send you a video ... any help would be massively appreciated.
  15. I purchased a Shimpo VL Lite brand new about three weeks ago. I also purchased some plastibats to go with it. I got it in and put together and threw on it. When I went to center the clay, it wouldn't center perfectly. I like my clay to center so my hands glide perfectly over it with no movement. When I centered on the wheel, there was movement in my hands, a bump, if you will. My husband (who knows nothing about ceramics) noticed the wheel head didn't seem to be moving in a perfect circle--there was a gap between the wheel head and the bats. I assumed maybe I got bad bats, so I sent them bac
  16. Hi everyone, I recently relocated to Rome, Italy, and since I couldn't find a community studio I decided on getting a wheel of my own so I could work in my garage in addition to take classes. As far as firings go, I'll rent a kiln in a nearby studio, until I'll feel comfortable enough to get my own. I'd really love to get some advice as far as the wheel purchase goes. Haven't seen any used wheels on eBay and most shops here in Italy only sell Shimpo, so it looks like I get to choose between the RK3E (1.400 euro, looks like the whisper to me), the RK 55 (800 euros, looks like the w
  17. The other day I heard a weird constant noise coming from my studio, I thought it was one of my many vents or fans left on and didn't think much about it. The next day I found my wheel to be left on (oops) and spinning at top speed. I rushed over to fix the pedal but it was in the off position. Today I opened up the pedal to make the adjustment to the little plastic lever, I assumed this was the problem, having dealt with this flimsy contraption many times, but the lever seems to be working properly. No matter which position it's in the wheel goes top speed. Anyone had this happen
  18. So, it took a little while but I finally did it. I know there was a lot of confusion when I explained it, but I hope these pictures clear a few things up. All I need to do now is trim it, any tips on how to do so would be greatly appreciated. Also, how do I smooth out the underside of the middle bowl.
  19. So I've been thinking about different wheel designs, and I thought of something similar to a chip and dip bowl. I was thinking about opening the clay, leaving nothing at the bottom, and then separating the two walls. Then you would pull the walls of the center wall, making it a little thick. Then you would connect the rim, essentially making a dome. Lastly you would push down on the top of the dome, making something like a candlestick, or a small bowl. So far I have gotten this far, but I struggle with widening the rim, and making it deeper. Does anyone have suggestions?
  20. Hi all, I have recently purchased a Podmore wheel to find that the whole electrics system needs repairing! not ideal Everything else in the wheel seems in good condition and would be a shame to write the wheel off! My uncle fixes motorbikes and deals with electrics so had a look at it and got it working but then it stopped again. we figure that someone previously has done some soldering work on it and basically it needs a replacement electric system. I rang Potterycrafts who took over Podmore in 1982 and asked if it could be refurbished or if they sell the parts and they s
  21. Hello, I am new to ceramics. I have made coil and slab pieces during high school art class, but that's it. I think I know the basics of making pieces, but I'm not sure how the whole firing process goes. I have found a used Skutt kiln for sale. Model LT-3K, three tier, new shut off tube assembly, inside 1/2 selves, on roll cart, and vents to outside for $700. Does this sound like a deal to anyone? What should I look out for when purchasing a used kiln? Also, I need all the start up tools. I think I would like to purchase a wheel to make cups, bowls, plates, mugs, and vases. Any thoughts?
  22. ​Does anyone out there know how to remove the wheel head from my old Creative Industries wheel? The head has a split in it and is not perfectly flat. Not too much of a concern since I have a variety of bats to throw on. Just curious more than anything. I've also scored a working treadmill with a 2 1/2 hp motor which I may, at some time, look to adapt to the CI wheel. I know it would be overkill since I don't plan on throwing A Hundred Pounds of Clay... Anyway...Any ideas on the wheel head? For those who might be curious, that is a splash pan I made from the bottom of a plastic trash
  23. Most of us who've been doing this for a while will develop personal approaches to getting certain forms made on the wheel. Much of my work is very conventional... I'm strictly a functional potter. I greatly admire the work of many sculptors but have little personal interest in objects whose only purpose is contemplation. Still, it's nice to develop a form that's different, because one of the elements that cannot be divorced from the concept of fine art is originality. Some days I think we give too much weight to originality, and on others I feel unhappy that my mugs and bowls and crocks
  24. I recently purchased an old motorized kickwheel second hand (originally from pottery supply house). I took it home and put it together but every time I press down on the pedal to get the wheel spinning...there's a lot of burning rubber....Have I done something wrong? Has anyone else had this problem? I saw it in use before I bought it and there was no burning rubber... When you press down on the pedal, the rubber disk makes contact with the large stone wheel and spins. It does this...but it is really destroying the rubber disk. Thanks,
  25. Hi y'all, just wanted to do a survey of opinions on wheels! I've been reading a lot of reviews, but everyone has different tastes so I'm still feeling a bit lost. People say good things about the Brent CXC, but I'm still not sure if it is the best investment for me. I've only ever used Brent wheels and kickwheels, so I'm open to suggestions. I want to buy a wheel before graduation so that I can keep up production right out of school. I will be buying new because the school awarded me a scholarship. Ideally, this wheel will last a very long time and be adaptive to my growth as a potter and
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