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Watching a potter throwing clay on the wheel is a magical performance.  Read on to find out how you can make a simple pottery wheel and begin throwing right away. If your aim as an artist is to create highly individual pieces this type of pottery wheel will be perfect for you.

Just grab a 360-degree rotating mop bucket and you'll be done in 10 minutes, using few items from around the house. It is inexpensive and works just as efficiently as any pottery wheel. I'm now able to centre, throw and turn quite well with this mop bucket pottery wheel. After fixing the wobbles, centering is now automatic thanks to the concentric circles on the pot plant tray.

Inexpensive, light-weight, portable and takes up little room. What's great it is there is no soldering involved and no heavy machinery and is run by foot-power.  The best part is no electricity necessary.  

Here is a short compilation of all my videos after learning to throw on the mop bucket pottery wheel after 50 throws in 14 days.




Here's my latest attempt throwing my found clay paperclay body



 

 
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Step 1: Grab Your Materials

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What you need is:

360 degree mop bucket
Plastic pots or bins to raise the height of your throwing wheel
Plastic pot drip tray
Strong glue such as polyurethane glue or hot glue gun
Spirit level 

Here's a video of the first day of construction and throwing attempts on the first design.
Everything was wild and wonky until I had some help with how to fix the wobbles.






Hi there :) I really like your idea and would like to make one of my own but your video is quite artistic so I couldn't really understand what you actually did. If you have a clear step by step video for dummies like me, it would be so helpful! :)

Art19801 month ago

This idea is amazing. I have found a plastic pot drip tray and a glass chopping board that fits perfectly inside the tray. But before I buy the mop bucket do you think that the glass chopping board would be good to weigh the tray down to make it more steady?

Thank you for sharing this!

Gomi Romi (author)  Art19801 month ago
I think the glass chopping board would crack. How about bricks or stones? They work for me. However, I'm thinking of another design that doesn't need a mop bucket. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKgQKv7qs1Q) Other options would be a banding wheel for pottery. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGKqvZAD5u7WMldBjUXEiU_yX8mA4YK0m
what makes it spin?
Gomi Romi (author)  redzepplinrob1 year ago

When you pedal the mop bucket it spins!

I could sing of His love forever too! So blessed you posted this, and with such a fabulous song. I am involved in "messy church" which is held after school on Fridays and I shall make these one week and we shall use them from then on.
In spirit and truth,
Anna.

Gomi Romi (author)  Deepford_UK1 year ago
Thanks for your comment! I was so glad that this bucket worked so I chose a really upbeat lighthearted song. I'm looking at designing a different design next after learning about and building spinning wheels.