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Pottery Wheels

The pottery wheel has a mesmerizing draw. Many people are drawn to ceramics because they have seen a skilled potter use this tool to make a beautiful vessel out of a lump of mud (seemingly effortlessly!). From kick-wheels to the latest and greatest electric pottery wheel, amazing work can come off of this spinning disc. In this section of Ceramic Arts Daily, we’ve included articles on using and even building your own pottery wheels. And, if you haven't already, be sure to click on over to the Free Gifts section of the site to download your free copy of Tips, Techniques and Tools for Getting the Most Out of Your Pottery Wheel: From Centering to Trimming, Tips for the Potter’s Wheel. It is a great learning tool for those interested in mastering the pottery wheel. The projects are presented in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step format -- all the key steps are included. Don't miss it!


The Onggi Wheel: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Tool

Posted On September 10, 2014 5 Comments

In today’s post, we’re sharing a fun video made by potter Ronald Shaw. In the video, Ronald demonstrates how he built an Onggi potter’s wheel with just a few tools, several ready-made round tabletops, and some inexpensive home-store accessories. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


PS. For complete step-by-step instructions on the process, check out the October 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly!


DIY Clay Tools Video Contest: Finalist 3

Posted On July 30, 2010 39 Comments

Today, we are happy to present the next finalist in our DIY Clay Tools Video Contest: Craig Rhodes and his oversized splash pan. Also, the voting for the grand prize winner begins today and continues through midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Monday, August 2. Click here to watch the video and vote for your favorite!


How to Make a Gauge for Throwing Consistently Sized Pots on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On December 7, 2009 13 Comments

If you’ve ever tried to throw multiple pots of the same size and shape, you know that it’s tough. Sure, calipers can do the trick, but if you are on such a tight deadline that every second counts, it is nice to not have to stop what you are doing to measure. That’s where a throwing gauge comes in handy. Today, Don Adamatis demonstrates how to construct a simple, easy-to-make throwing gauge.

In today's tip, an old clay bag is turned into a bat-removal device.

Easy Bat Removal: A Quick and Simple Tip for Getting Grippy Bats off the Potter’s Wheel

Posted On August 11, 2008 0 Comments

If you are a potter who uses bats when throwing on the potter’s wheel, chances are you have had to wrestle with a bat or two to remove it from the wheelhead. Sometimes the suction-cup effect is so strong (especially with thin plastic or masonite bats) that when you finally break the bat free using a knife or pin tool, you have also distorted a perfectly thrown pot. Ceramic Arts Daily reader Michelle Kaisersatt came up with this simple solution for removing those extra grippy bats without hurting your freshly thrown ware.

This photo shows the bottom of a finished plaster bat with replaceable inserts in place.

Replaceable Bat Pin Inserts

Posted On March 21, 2008 3 Comments

This Tip of the Week comes to us from Jim Wylder of Lake Oswego, Oregon. Jim got tired of the bat pin holes on his plaster bats chipping and enlarging with wear. So he took matters into his own hands and came up with this creative solution.

How does Jane Johnson Hoeltzel stay so fit and trim? She uses her yoga ball to get a workout at the wheel!

Exercise Wheel

Posted On March 14, 2008 3 Comments

This week’s Tip of the Week from Jane Johnson Hoeltzel of St. Louis, Missouri, shows us a way to do just that. Work those abs!


Tip of the Week: Quick Change Artist

Posted On February 15, 2008 3 Comments

In today’s Tip of the Week, ceramic artist Sylvia Shirley explains a quick-change bat system she developed to make throwing mugs and small bowls in series more efficient.