Parts of a Pottery Wheel

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If you're going to be able to use a pottery wheel successfully, you'll need to know about its individual parts and what they do. Learn about the parts of a pottery wheel with help from a ceramic artist and instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Beth Fleischer, and today we're going to go over the parts of a pottery wheel. So we'll start with up here on the table. This is just the table around the wheel. This is the splash pan and this keeps all of your clay and your slip and your water from going all over the place on to you, on to the floor when you're actually throwing your clay. It comes into here. These come off, and here you have the wheel head. These are bat pins here, there's two of them, about ten inches apart and they hold your bat. Your bat fits on the bat pins like so. The reason we use a bat is to throw your pottery on. This way when you're finished making your pot or your cup or vase you can lift your bat up and take your whole piece away rather than having to cut it and actually lift your off. So this is your pedal that you push down. It accelerates and stops your wheel. Your control box is over on the side. Each wheel will have a different set up, but this one has a switch here that you can either put it in neutral and the wheel won't move, or you can put it clockwise or counterclockwise and then the big orange button on the end is the power button. So those are the parts of a pottery wheel. I'm Beth Fleischer, and thanks for watching.


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