[Clayart] mel's throwing method

Ken Chase kchase235 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 10:33:21 EDT 2016

Any tips for those of us who throw standing?

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> On Oct 28, 2016, at 7:18 AM, mel jacobson <melpots2 at visi.com> wrote:
> 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 height.
> 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.
> so.
> 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.
> mel
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