Studio Space Setup
- Having your own studio is an exciting experience! When arranging the space think about positive ways to move through the studio and access what you need.
- In my studio here at Red Lodge Clay Center I have my wheel raised to belly button height, a short table to wedge on, and a taller table to do my painting and detail work.
- I usually setup my wheel against a wall so that I can place a large mirror in front of me while I throw and adjust the angle when needed.
- The tools I need while throwing are close to me (either on my wheel or on the wall by my wheel).
- I have a chair with adjustable height so instead of bending my body I can lower my seat.
Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel:
- The height of your wheel is one of the most important ways to care for your body and create a healthy studio practice. Whether sitting or standing at the wheel I would suggest that the wheel head reach about the height of your belly button.
- I place a Styrofoam noodle on my splash pan that way my arms have a comfortable surface to rest on.
- If sitting at the potter’s wheel place a brick under your other foot. This way your feet are both at the same height (one foot on the pedal and one on a brick) and your hips are aligned.
Using a Mirror:
- Using a mirror is a great way to care for your body and also see the form you are creating.
- It allows you to see a clear profile of the form and maintain a strong, straight line of your spine and neck. If you have neck pain…you will LOVE using a mirror!