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Get Your Hands Dirty With The Clay Boss Pottery Wheel

Updated on June 30, 2014

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.

Speedball Portable Artista Table Top Pottery Wheel, 11 inch Wheel Head, 25 lb. Centering Capacity (ARTISTA)
Speedball Portable Artista Table Top Pottery Wheel, 11 inch Wheel Head, 25 lb. Centering Capacity (ARTISTA)

Here's a wonderful little table top pottery wheel. My instructor has one of these and throws wonderful pieces on it.

 
Sculpting Wheel- 7" Diameter All Metal with Ball Bearings
Sculpting Wheel- 7" Diameter All Metal with Ball Bearings

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.

 
250 Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets for Potters: The Indispensable Compendium of Essential Knowledge and Troubleshooting Tips
250 Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets for Potters: The Indispensable Compendium of Essential Knowledge and Troubleshooting Tips

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.

 

Photo Gallery

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My last group of pottery from the kiln.I've been exploring interesting lips to clay pots. This one is a split lip.This bowl came out more 'graceful' than the others.I really like the rims on these clay bowls. My favorite is the one on the bottom right.
My last group of pottery from the kiln.
My last group of pottery from the kiln.
I've been exploring interesting lips to clay pots. This one is a split lip.
I've been exploring interesting lips to clay pots. This one is a split lip.
This bowl came out more 'graceful' than the others.
This bowl came out more 'graceful' than the others.
I really like the rims on these clay bowls. My favorite is the one on the bottom right.
I really like the rims on these clay bowls. My favorite is the one on the bottom right.

Do you love getting your hands dirty? I sure do. Please leave me comments.

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    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Excellent review of what sounds like a great product. And I agree, your John definitely sounds like a keeper! Congrats on the promotion to Best of Squidoo Reviews.

    • gottaloveit2 profile imageAUTHOR

      gottaloveit2 

      4 years ago

      @gottaloveit2: I opened editor and the pics were there. Posted and they're there - at least right now.

    • gottaloveit2 profile imageAUTHOR

      gottaloveit2 

      4 years ago

      @paulahite: Oh, thanks for the nice compliment too! I'm going to reload the images right now.

    • gottaloveit2 profile imageAUTHOR

      gottaloveit2 

      4 years ago

      @ecogranny: Thanks so much! You're too sweet. My John is very much a keeper - for about 40 more years or so.

    • gottaloveit2 profile imageAUTHOR

      gottaloveit2 

      4 years ago

      @paulahite: It's on your side. If you click the first blank image, the picture comes up. Doesn't on the second at all. I checked them when I put them in and they were like that except the 2nd came up also.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My daughter loves this stuff. She goes to a studio to work, since she doesn't have her own wheel. I'm thinking of getting her one for Christmas, but I need to check with her first to see what she's looking for. I love the pieces you've made, and in the photo of the four, my favorites are the bottom right and the top left, but all of them are good. Nice work, both lenswise and potterywise!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Your creations are absolutely lovely. Beautiful designs, from the shapes to the colors. Your John sounds like a keeper!

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      Paula Hite 

      4 years ago from Virginia

      Could you check your images? I can't see all of them. If, it's an issue on our end, please let us know so we can get it straightened out. Thanks! P.S. - Awesome lens!!

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