Pottery Studio Setup for a Tween

Question: Steve, hi. I am ordering your book about pottery for beginners. My daughter is twelve, she's highly creative with a super steady hand and tons of patience. (That's not just me saying it, her art teachers say it too).

Anyway, she's been asking me for two years if she could please work with pottery. I'm not artistic ( or patient), so it was kind of surprising to me that she has this desire.

I'd like to make her Christmas one about pottery. It would be a great surprise. We happen to have a big barn where my husband could set up a little studio to let her get started. I have no clue how to begin.

Can you suggest a wheel and tools I should purchase?

Thanks so much.


Answer: Jen, that's so cool that she has those kinds of abilities. It's amazing what kids that age can accomplish when they set their focus on something. Here are a few suggestions for wheels and tools, depending on your budget.

Brent is My Favorite Brand, Great Wheel

Another Good, Solid Yet Affordable Wheel

A Light, Portable, Even MORE Affordable Table Top Wheel
(I just had a few of these ordered for some on-site classes I'm going to teach in the spring)

Basic Tool Set

To get started you just need the:
-A kiln or pottery store where you can fire the pots

The book will give you a lot of ideas for studio set up and throwing advice. Have your husband check out the "Build a Studio" section on the website. Also, have here watch the 10 "How to Throw" Videos on the website.

Good luck, Merry Christmas, and Happy Potting.

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