Potter's wheel

This is the first visual that comes in your mind when you think of pottery. The fact is that while not all pottery consists of methods that require working with the potter's wheel it is the most common image that crops up in the mind. While the potter's wheel was manipulated by hand earlier, these days there are motorized pottery wheels that run continuously and that too at a steady pace. The electric wheel is also extremely light and therefore can be moved around if required.

The motor of the electric potter's wheel can be set for a variety of speeds and these can vary from 0 to 24 revolutions per minute. The torque of the wheel dictates the amount of clay that the wheel can take and those that are available for commercial use can take about 20 pounds to 400 pounds of clay. Some of the wheels that are made these days allow for revering the rotations and therefore allow for right handed and left handed usability.

Noise levels were a big concern when the electric wheel came into existence but these have been modified over time to correct this issue. Most of the potter's wheels that come can be managed and controlled by a foot pedal but there are also some that use a hand control. Wheelpins or bat pins can be used to attach the bat to the head of the wheel. This helps in throwing. The standard in the industry is two 3/8 inch pins that are place about 10 inches on center.



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