Tagged: china clay

potters kick wheel plans

Hi everyone I have had for some time these potters kick wheel plans. I thought it was time to share these plans. The plans have been sat on my computer for some time, taking up storage space. At one time I thought I could build my own, but this adventure when  doing got out of control! I think these plans are good for those people who have the tools and skill to build this kick wheel or have the money to pay someone to build it. it would have been nice to have built this dream, but I have  not the wood craft skill, engineering skill or the money to pay someone to build this kick wheel. So help yourself it’s in a pdf file after this sentence.kick wheel plans if you do manage IMG_1723to build a wheel from these plans then please send us some pictures. IMG_1725IMG_1721


Here is my pottery workspace

I am always wondering as I gaze at other potters pots what their workshop or workspace looks like. I am hopefully going to start a ball a rolling with potters posting a picture of where they work! Here is mine.


recycling clay

 Matsakazu Kusakabe wood burning kiln

What a weekend I just had over in Chesterfield. One of the reasons to go to Chesterfield was to get my pots fired in Jim Simpsons kiln.The pots made it over in one piece, and I was all set to get on the wheel at Jim`s  to start throwing two-pound pots. But it all went a bit pear-shaped which is down to myself confusing Jim with too many suggestions to what I needed to get done. Jim had started showing me a few techniques on the wheel to speed up my throwing. Which I was supposed to practice soon after, but we had a tea brake and got distracted with recycling the clay I had brought over with me. To put the clay through the pug mill we first had to take it a part and clean it which took some time. On the whole we got a lot of things done like recycling the clay and making up some slips. The pug mill has returned with me to Glossop and will be a great tool in my workshop, also a money saver. Two weeks and I should see the results of the firing of my pots, which hopefully will see the handles still on!

pug mill