Tuesday, January 04, 2011



rwhendrix said...

Good picture. Using that, I think I could build myself one like it. Thanks.

Bonnie Staffel said...

Hi, I was one of Harvey Littleton's first students when he taught at the Toledo Museum School of Art. They had Amaco stand up kick wheels and that is how I learned to throw. That one was ricketry and a real trial to be able to stand on one foot for any length of time. I am sure that Harvey's wheel is made with his fantastic ability to engineer a better wheel than Amaco's. I purchased a George Fetzer stand up kick wheel. It had a leaning bar added to the right side which was very helpful in keeping balanced. However it is the foot you stand on that gets weary. Another problem is that the forward push is sometimes more forceful and creates a faster speed at that angle. That is what happened to me at Cranbrook giving me uneven walls. If you can control how your foot pushes and retreats, you shouldn't have any trouble. However, you are working with your foot to offset the force of your hands in centering. With practice and attention to your walls by slicing your practice cylinders in half. This should be your biggest problem. However, I was told that I was a natural and my work compared to Baggs, then the foremost potter at the time. Oh, another thing, I did get a crooked back from this leaning stance. Watch for this. I used my kick wheel for twelve years before getting an electric wheel. I was a purist ala Leach's teachings