- Arts and Design
Get Your Hands Dirty With The Clay Boss Pottery Wheel
I bought that Clay Boss pottery wheel you see there to the right about 10 years ago. It's mostly been sitting in an upstairs bedroom since then. Recently though, my adorable boyfriend, John, finished off one of my outbuildings as a pottery shed - he moved my pottery wheel right downstairs and back into my life.
I've always had an affinity for crafts - even when they didn't have an affinity for me. I've tried painting with watercolors, oils, and acrylics. A Grandma Moses, I ain't.
I've tried painting on glass, pastels, colored pencils. Nothing stuck until I saw that Clay Boss sitting in a storefront one day in 2004. That was the year before my darling Mom, Gertie, came to live with me.
During the first year I had the pottery wheel, I tinkered with it quite a bit. I never got very good although I do still have a few pieces that I use around the house. Once Mom moved in, well, I just really didn't have time to advance my skills - until this year.
Once John went to the trouble of building me a studio, I was put to task to get back into pottery. And, I have. Boy have I! I have so many pottery pieces that I've begged people to take some off my hands (scroll down to see some of my 'masterpieces').
Ok, I've digressed. Back to the Clay Boss.
Here's what I like about the Clay Boss pottery wheel:
- It's fairly lightweight at around 80 lbs. I can move it around to get the morning sun from my studio window or view the evening sunset from the door.
- It's reasonably priced. I liked that I could explore pottery without breaking the bank.
- The Clay Boss pottery wheel can be either left or right handed. I'm a natural lefty but have learned to throw pottery right handed. This makes it easier for me to work on other pottery wheels that are not so accommodating.
- The Clay Boss is robust at 1/2 HP so you can throw up to 100 lbs of clay - why you'd want to is beyond me. That's one BIG mug!
- It comes with the splash pan (important if you're a slob like me), and 2 plastic bats which have held up without warping over the years.
If you're looking to get into pottery, I don't think you'll find a better full-sized pottery wheel on the market. So, come on, get buying! And, happy throwing.
For me, throwing pottery is very relaxing - when I'm not cussing at a piece that goes off center. You don't need a big wheel or fancy tools to get a decent pot if you take your time.
Here's some other pottery items you might like.
Here's a wonderful little table top pottery wheel. My instructor has one of these and throws wonderful pieces on it.
Although you can use a lazy susan to turn pieces around, this sculpting wheel works better - at least, for me. I like that it elevates the piece a bit.
I just bought this book and love it as it gives me ideas about things to do with my pottery. Covers hand built and wheel forms.