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Pottery is a traditional art that can be dated back to at most 20,000 years ago. At first, pottery was used for practical purposes, such as drinking, eating, and some other use. Though now the same service applies, pottery is more and more popular on its aesthetic value. And with the advent of the pottery wheel around 1,000 years ago, it is much easier to produce pottery craft, and the production yield is also up and up. Nowadays, you can easily DIY your pottery craft with a pottery wheel machine. If you want to choose the right and suitable one, you should equip yourself with comprehensive knowledge.

And if you are a beginner in this field. The following information might be helpful for you:


How many types does pottery wheel?
The most basic two categories are electric type and kick-wheel type.

The electric pottery wheel is labor-saving and more and more popular. It is friendly to use, better for heavy clay on the wheel bat. And electric mode can provide adjustable and rotational speeds. But the disadvantages include louder noise, not-water resistance, and heavy reliance on electricity.

Kick-wheel type is relatively conventional. However, it provides you the most necessary experience, and if you are a DIY fancier, you may enjoy stepping on the pedal to drive the wheel to rotate. But the demerits are apparent; you may feel arduous after a long time using, and the rotation speed is not as quick as the electric type.

What makes the best pottery wheel?
1. Motor.

The motor always comes first in terms of buying electric equipment. The pottery wheel motor directly determines the revolutions rate per minute, which affects the amount of torque the engine can deliver. The more torque the motor can supply, the more weight can the wheel head provide. Apart from that, the motor generates noise, which conforms to the motor rate.

2. Wheel head.

The wheel head is the component where you put the clay on. The size of the wheel head should align with your daily need. In other words, when choosing a pottery wheel, pay attention to the diameter of the wheel head.

3. Reversibility.

When making clay on the wheel head, you need to constantly sculpt the clay on the spinning plate to build the shape or pattern you want. In this condition, you need to change your sitting position or the wheel's spinning direction. There is no doubt the best method is to have a reversible pottery wheel.

What should you consider when buying a pottery wheel?
1. Cost. The price of popular type on the market varies from 100$ to 1000$, based on capabilities and specs the items possess. Undoubtedly, the expensive type can provide you with a better user experience. Besides the item cost itself, you should also consider shipping costs since things like this are heavy, which might cost a lot when shipping.

2. Using time. A pottery wheel is a piece of durable equipment that can be used for an extended period of even more than a decade. Figure out what you want to deal with by adapting this item at present and what skill level you would like to achieve in the next period, then decide what type of machine you are likely to purchase. Remember, always make a decision you won't regret.

3. Portability. This requires you to clarify your daily using condition. Would you buy a machine for home use or for teaching purposes in a craft studio? Do you have to carry the pottery wheel here and there for a particular purpose? Most types in the market are heavy. Be careful before you place an order if you emphasize portability.

4. Workplace. Make sure the workplace is big enough for you to implement the pottery-making activity. This is not just for the pottery machine itself, but you also have to consider the supplement tools.

5. User's skill level. You are unlikely to buy a specially-made bicycle when you do not matter how to ride a bike. The same applies to pottery. The best choice for a low-level user is to buy a mini or simple one to practice. This way is much more cost-effective and high-efficiency.

Additional tools you should consider:
Hand tools: These are used to sculpt the clay. The gadgets are numerous for you, and the materials include metal, plastic, wood.

Bats: This part is placed over the wheel head to hold clay. If you want your clay to be adjusted and built freely, you may need to consider buying a good-material bat.

Kiln: After you finished a clay, you now need a kiln to heat and make the clay solid.

Clay: Clay is the most consumable ingredient when making pottery crafts. Especially when you are a rookie at the beginning, luckily, that wouldn't cost you much.