[Clayart] standing throwing

William Schran wschran at cox.net
Fri Oct 28 13:55:57 EDT 2016

I would recommend anybody with back problems that has issues sitting at
the potter¹s wheel to read John Glick¹s article published in Studio
Potter, 1987, ³To Sciatica and Back² Here¹s a page where you will find the
link to this article: http://plumtreepottery.com/articles/

I had several labor intensive jobs that often involved lifting weights
greater than 50 pounds during my younger life. In 2013 I had back surgery
and switched to a standing position at the wheel. I followed John¹s
article and built a back brace that has worked very well for me. I can
easily brace and stabilize myself for centering and throwing by simply
pushing back against the brace.

I have posted images of the back brace set-up on Facebook.


Bill Schran
wschran at cox.net

On 10/28/16, 11:21 AM, "Clayart on behalf of mel jacobson"
<clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com on behalf of melpots2 at visi.com>

>for many standing with an elevated wheel is wonderful.
>for older or less stable people, it becomes almost a must.
>i threw standing for five years on my first power wheel.
>way back.
>i think navel height for the wheel head is accurate.
>some build an arm rest, some just lock the elbows in tight.
>but, without doubt, how your stance, feet placement and
>support is structured is critical.
>again, it depends on your size, shape etc.
>but, what ever you do, keep your body supported as much as
>if i went back to standing, i am sure i would build a 2x4
>wooden structure that would support my arms etc.
>i would have to design it as i went...sort of make it
>adjustable at first.
>it is funny, but i have suggested to people that they just
>cut off three inches or so from their new brent's legs...i
>would do it....but, most think that would be like painting a
>new bmw with house paint and a brush.
>i would make anything, cut off legs, do what i had to do to
>make throwing just for me.  make it fit my body.
>remember my story of the japanese wheels, the first day.
>men sat in the lotus position, on a pillow with the wheel
>head at table height.  i could not do that.  my body was
>american, not japanese.
>i cut holes, made a new footrest.  the boys just
>marveled..melsan sorta crazy.  and the wheel was backwards.
>  (reversed the loop of the belt.)
>i fixed that fast.

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