Beginner's Question--Potter's Wheel

Have a question or want to show off your project? Post it! No Registration Necessary.  Now with pictures!

Threaded View
They're all over the place, of course, and have dozens of characteristics
and quirks.

I remember two things (From how long ago I will not mention!):

1. A MASSIVE foot powered wheel that seemed to hold momentum forever. No
power required except the legs. Are these antiques, (or at the very least)
vintage now?

Any DIY possibilites?

2. A little kick lever powered rig with an aluminum top wheel, that seemed
to want to fly apart when you were pedaling it up to speed, and DID NOT hold
momentum.

   Well, there are now a myriad of these little electrical ones all over the
web, and they do look simple, but I want something that just doesn't
vibrate.

They look so light that I have suspicions.

Any Help?

thanks.

Buck

(P.S. Good sources of equipment and raw materials in the SF Bay Area. Tools,
clay, glazes?)

Thanks Again



Re: Beginner's Question--Potter's Wheel
most pottery wheels you can buy today new or used are pretty good.
the bad ones have long disapeared.  i have two Brent electric wheels.
very strong, very stable.  lockerby kick wheels with their motor
attachement capability are very good for both kicking and electric
assistance.

i had a home built wheel years ago, bought it from someone for cheap.
today i'd sooner buy one then make one although "it's just a wheel" so
it should be easy to make one.

see ya

steve
www.graberspottery.com


Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Beginner's Question--Potter's Wheel

Quoted text here. Click to load it

[I've seen kickwheels built from car parts; a VW as I recall. But these are
pretty simple machines; all you need is a bottom thrust bearing, a flywheel
(a tire filled with concrete) an axle, and a top plate with axial bearing,
plus a wooden frame to hold all that and sit in. I still like my kickwheel
for trimming, but it's hard to beat the electrics for throwing, especially
for larger pieces.]
Quoted text here. Click to load it

[I haven't seen one of those for quite a while.]
Quoted text here. Click to load it

[There are some wheels sold as toys, that really don't work at all for
things larger than a teacup. But the professional brands are pretty good;
modern electric speed controls are cheaper than the mechanical systems that
used to prevail, and actually do function pretty well.]

'
Quoted text here. Click to load it
[The SF Bay Area has lots of good ceramic supply places: Leslie Ceramics in
Oakland, Claypeople in Richmond, Ceramics and Crafts on Bryant St. in SF;
Sherry's in San Carlos - I'm sure there are more.]

Andrew Werby
www.unitedartworks.com



Re: Beginner's Question--Potter's Wheel


"The Self-Reliant Potter," an old book by Andrew Holden has plans for
a DIY treadle-wheel and a DIY kickwheel -- but I wouldn't recommend
building either.   Wheels are relatively simple machines, but they
have to be very well made, or they're inferior to manufactured wheels
-- which is usually the case.  

Get a second job, or make some hand-built pieces and sell them -- or
do anything to get the modest amount of money necessary to buy a good
second-hand wheel.  You'll be better off in several ways.  There
should be many to choose from in your area.

Marco


On Fri, 01 Jun 2007 16:01:57 GMT, "Buck"

Quoted text here. Click to load it

Re: Beginner's Question--Potter's Wheel
Money is not a problem.

But no matter how much one has, spending on a loser that winds up in a
storage shed and is eventually thrown away is, to say the least, irritating.

I have a few mis-fires from the realm of woodworking that I remember well.

Thanks,

Buck


Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Beginner's Question--Potter's Wheel
If money is not an issue, then I recommend the RK Shimpo Whisper as a wheel.
Kick wheels are great to learn on (and to keep in shape with) but as far as
ease of use an electric wheel is far nicer.  The Whisper, as its name
suggest, is really quiet. The wheel also turns freely when off so it can be
used as a banding wheel.  I only throw at most 25# at a time but it should
handle much more than that.  You can also resale it easily if you want.

http://www.clay-king.com/itemrkwhisper.html
http://www.sheffield-pottery.com/SHIMPO-RK-WHISPER-POTTERS-WHEEL-p/srkw.htm
http://www.sheffield-pottery.com/SHIMPO-VL-WHISPER-POTTERY-WHEEL-p/svlwfs.htm

Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Beginner's Question--Potter's Wheel
pottery wheels have a great resale value.  if, like in woodworking for
you, things do not work out you can still sell a potters wheel easily
for not a big loss.

see ya

steve


Quoted text here. Click to load it
http://www.clay-king.com/itemrkwhisper.htmlhttp://www.sheffield-pottery.com/SHIMPO-RK-WHISPER-POTTERS-WHEEL-p/sr...http://www.sheffield-pottery.com/SHIMPO-VL-WHISPER-POTTERY-WHEEL-p/sv ...
Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Beginner's Question--Potter's Wheel
Things are still 'working out' in woodworking, but i've just bought a few
clunkers in the way of machinery.

A Ryobi B2K Table saw, for example. No guts, no compatibility with other
equipment, no nada. I use it for the most simple jobs only.

I just don't want to buy several wheels to get it just right.

I notice kilns are plentiful in the used market.

Arouses my curiosity.

Buck


Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Beginner's Question--Thanks to all--Potter's Wheel
A good lot of information to start with.

that product called "whisper" is intriguing.

I think I'll be making a small nuisance out of myself at a few of the Bay
Area suppliers.

Regards

Buck


Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Beginner's Question--Thanks to all--Potter's Wheel
Word of warning - by the time you add shipping to the costs at EBay you are
paying more than what you can usually get other places.  Bennett has the
lowest prices I ever found for kilns.  I think I got my wheel from
Sheffield - or Nevada Dans...  Watch for sales which should be about now.

http://www.bennettpottery.com /
http://www.sheffield-pottery.com /
http://www.potterywheel.com/ (nevada dans)

but others are also good.




Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Beginner's Question--Thanks to all--Potter's Wheel
Shipping costs can be the dirty little secret of E-Bay and other web
suppliers.

Any savings can evaporate very quickly.

Waiting for promotions is a good idea.

I pity the folks who have to buy clay from a distance.

Thanks.

Buck


Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Beginner's Question--Thanks to all--Potter's Wheel

Quoted text here. Click to load it

I bought my wheel used from my teacher. A steal! The kiln was a refurbished
one from a local supplier, with one year guarantee - and I love it!

Look for a good supplier with a good reputation, then keep an eye on the
special offers - and/or let them know what equipment you are looking

Marianne



Re: Beginner's Question--Potter's Wheel
  I don't know if you found what you're looking for yet or not.  I'll give
my two cents anyway.  I've thrown on a Soldner and OWN a VL whisper.  My mom
can keep her Soldner.  Side by side we both centered a simple 15 pounder,
the Soldner bogged down (only a little mind you), the Shimpo didn't even
flinch.
  In the RadioControl world (my other passion) brushless tech has become the
only way to go, seems Shimpo is proving it in pottery as well.  Only one
thing buggs me, at low RPM the 60hz 110 causes the wheel head to ocilate (ie
hesitate then lurch) But who throws at 1rpm anyway?
  So, if you haven't bought anything yet, here is my advise. find someone,
anyone, willing to let you throw on their wheel (most potters are more than
delighted to help you) then find a different wheel, and another, etc. When
you find one that fits your style, buy one.  If you aren't close to another
potter (can't imagine this) i say go Shimpo.

Graham


Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Beginner's Question--Potter's Wheel
the only wheel to buy is a Venco manufactured in Australia
Quoted text here. Click to load it



Site Timeline