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Our Pottery Wheel


Many schools are excited about providing their students with the opportunity to work on our portable pottery wheel. Each regular class begins with a pottery wheel demonstration by our instructor so that the students can see and better understand how clay can be transformed into a piece of pottery. As an optional service, each student can create a clay project on the pottery wheel. Our instructors will help them to center the clay, shape the piece and then apply a colour glaze to the spinning clay work.

Clay for Kids manufactures our own pottery wheels in Alberta. We always believed that a pottery wheel demonstration was essential to the student learning experience and experimented with commercial pottery wheels for several years. However, none of these wheels were rugged enough to withstand the daily transportation to and from schools and handling by our instructors. Also, we wanted to provide the opportunity for students to work on the wheel. Although our instructors could work on the commercial wheels, they were generally not suitable for children.

Our pottery wheels are designed and assembled by qualified technologists and tradesmen. All of the material is purchased in Alberta except for the special high density polyethylene board for the enclosure which is imported from the USA due to its durability, strength and fire resistance properties. The internal wiring and controls have been designed for safe operation and the heavy duty power cord can be plugged into any standard 3 prong ground wall outlet. The pottery wheel assembly has been tested by the Canadian Standards Association and is CSA approved.

The wheel is small enough to be carried by our instructors but is still stable while spinning during operation. The diameter of the aluminum wheelhead is ideal for the smaller hands of children but is still suitable for adults. The wheelhead is “bowl shaped” to minimize splatter while the wheel is spinning as this is a concern in a crowded classroom. The speed of rotation is fixed at a rate that is most suited for children based our 30 years of experience.