How does a human-powered pottery wheel look like?

Which pottery wheel should be used between human-powered and electric-powered? This is a question that the best person to answer is potters themselves because each type of work and their preference are different. In addition, both types have different advantages. Today we come to know a bit about "Human-powered wheel" before we can make a decision.

Human-powered wheel” can be divided into 3 small types which are

  • Foot-operated pottery wheel with pedal > The wheel is quite large and heavy and it is slightly high from the ground for easy use of pedal or for having someone to help turn the wheel by hand. It is suitable for large products because the wheel can support the weight of the product. The wheel will calmly vibrate while molding but potters will have to exert considerable force to use it.
  • Foot-operated pottery wheel with lever > The wheel has a joint that connects to the balance wheel and has a lever from the axle or shaft out to the pedal foot. When turning the wheel, less force is needed because of the weight of the wheel below. While molding, the lever that is attached to the foot pedal will always move according to the rhythm of the rotation of the wheel. The level of the wheel has an average height of 75-80 centimetres.
  • Hand-operated pottery wheel > used by local potters. There are local names such as Pha Mon, terracotta wheel of Dan Kwian, Nakhon Ratchasima Province which looks like a circle pottery wheel where two potters will work together. One person will rise the clay up to form the desired shape and the other person will help to turn Pha Mon at the desired pace. During the time of forming the shape they must use a damp cloth to absorb the molded clay to prevent the clay from drying out.