This weekend was such nice weather on the mountain I thought I would give my recent eBay bargain a spin! I bought this kick wheel for $20 so you can’t really go wrong, and it turns out it’s quite lovely to use. I am still playing around with tea bowl shapes as a continuing project from my history class, they are a good way to relax on the wheel. Today I was using Clayworks Porcelain.
The view from my wheel
the dent in the back frame is a recent addition. I had just unpacked it from the car that week and left it in the driveway. I was in no hurry to use it due to the freezing cold weather, so it sat there for no more than a few days and a tree fell and landed exactly through the middle of it. It was such a direct hit that I couldn’t be pissed off, I had to laugh when I came home to find it, a perfect example of Murphy’s law.
getting ready and greasing up, it really made a difference, and runs so smooth now
the sun was heavenly
I like to use this method of removing the pot from the wheel, by covering the wheel with water and the using the cutting wire to drag the water under the pot and release the suction, then easily sliding the pot to the edge of the wheel so you can get your hand underneath and lift it up. I find this really helps to keep the shape much better than the method of cutting it off the wheel, drying your hands and pulling the pot off by tilting it, when I do it that way I am almost certain of warping it.
I forgot to under cut the base
like the potter John Britt says in his very cool YouTube videos, now make about 3000 of those!