[Clayart] mel's throwing method
melpots2 at visi.com
Fri Oct 28 10:18:23 EDT 2016
first and foremost, we had brent and older skutt sit down
wheels. 25 of them, with 5 in reserve.
the big issue with the brent style wheel is stool and leg
i have met with the brent folks and have shown them the lego
block style wheel height lifts i have invented.
no one seems to get it..so, it is what it is.
no wheel is made for `one size fits all`. a 260 pound boy
of 6`4" and a 5 foot, 86 pound girl have issues with all wheels.
if you are a thrower, with a brent...maybe you will have to
put a hard brick under your left foot.
you may need to get a taller stool. or, a shorter one.
i had many options for our kids. but the hard brick under
the left foot was really good for smaller students.
every potter on this earth has to make a throwing area fit,
and fit just them. wheel height can be changed, stool height
can be changed,
the left leg is one of the strongest and most powerful
muscle groups of the human body. we use it to center.
it is natural. kids learned to center in minutes.
i have taught thousands of people to throw this way.
colleen learned it in two minutes.
she would show college kids, but they went back to the old
method. she just laughed.
leg and body support is just like shooting a long gun. you
lock your body/bone structure into the shot. once you find
it, it is totally comfortable.
remember, you are a slave to the manufacturer's design. it
is up to you to find a perfect body position and size.
making a throwing area that is perfect for you is critical
to long term throwing. if what you do hurts, change things.
if your back hurts, change things. if your thumbs are
killing you...open the clay differently.
all of this is up to the potter.
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