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Vince Pitelka vpitelka at dtccom.net
Fri Oct 14 19:17:36 EDT 2016

That is a really wonderful video Robert.  I always wondered about how that Wedgewood engine turning was done, and this explains it all.  I am not about to go out and build such an engine lathe, but I love knowing how it was done.
Thanks - 
- Vince

Vince Pitelka
Appalachian Center for Craft
Tennessee Tech University
vpitelka at dtccom.net  

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Jim you obviously didn't pay attention to who actually wrote that post (me), or my second paragraph.

Turning the word was restricted to the use of a horizontal lathe used by production potters in Stoke on Trent etc.

For example here is an interesting video about using a (horizontal) pottery lathe made by Wedgewood in 1768.


I would also like to point out that pottery was one of those things that the colonies were forced to import from England (no wonder there was a revolution). In theory (though no doubt it was much broken) making pots here was actually illegal at the time Wedgewood and co were exporting huge numbers of pots.

And if you think Wedgewood was any sort of nobleman who are merely displaying your narrow minded viewpoint of how things MUST have been.

I personally think that the use of "turning" in the US was probably introduced by French or German potters (who I think starting potting in Pennsylvania far before English potters) and was a direct translation from their own language, when they didn't know the English term.

On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 10:46 AM, Jim Brown <jbrown1000 at gmail.com> wrote:

> "The "turn and burn" nomenclature is unique to the Southeast USA which 
> is where Jim's heritage comes from. Wedgewood (and the other UK 
> potteries) always threw and fired. (Throw, in this sense, comes from 
> the Anglo Saxon Threwan "to twist" and thus is a much older term)." - 
> Jeff
> So, you are saying that those poorly educated southern potters keep 
> closer to the original meaning of what they were doing than those 
> highly educated English noblemen?  :)
> And one more question - what is the "Anglo Saxon" term for "turning"?  
> Just askin'.  :)
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