Thursday, May 7, 2020

Lowering my Pottery Wheel


10 years ago I raised my pottery wheel for the health of my back.  Standing while throwing was awesome until my feet started having problems.

Years of standing in place for hours at a time took a toll on my high arched feet.  

Today my hero husband John cut 7" off the leg extensions on my Shimpo Whisper Wheel.   I'm no longer standing at the wheel, but I'm not sitting low either.

The height of the wheel is now 29".  My adjustable tall chair allows my legs to be just slightly bent and feet flat on the floor.   I'm being mindful to keep my back straight and not slouch over the wheel when throwing.
This new set-up feels healthier.   I honestly don't believe there is a perfect ergonomic throwing position for any potter.  Throwing standing, sitting or leaning will take a toll on your body over the years.  I guess it's the price we pay for doing what we love.    

Just a bit of advice.   If you're standing at the wheel and your feet are hurting, don't delay changing your setup.   Feet problems are no fun.

Cindy Gilliland, DirtKicker Pottery

Mother's Day is just a couple days away.   My baby girl sent me 50 hot pink roses in the mail today. They are just too beautiful not to share.

Love to all!
Cindy