Cindy Strnad on thu 29 nov 01
Coning dry clay is a real drag. Don't do it.
Better to knead it than cone it, and that's not
such a good thing, either. Always work with clay
that's as wet as you can work with to make the
items you're making. Obviously, you'll need firmer
clay for large bowls than for mugs, but no need to
add unnecessary stress.
Earthen Vessels Pottery
RR 1, Box 51
Custer, SD 57730
Tommy Humphries on thu 29 nov 01
What happened has nothing to do with the C. force of the wheel, or
You either forced you hand into the clay too fast, or... you let the clay
get too dry while centering. Remember, easy on, easy off, and plenty of
You don't know what hurt is till you are not paying attention and you catch
one of your left fingers into the clay up to the second knuckle, while
centering 20+ pounds.
Anyway, rest, and anti-inflammatory pain relievers are what the Dr. ordered
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bev Lev"
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2001 10:06 AM
Subject: occupational injuries
> Hi everybody.
> To all of you throwers out there I ask.... have you had the experience of
> injuring a wrist while throwing and if yes, any suggestions on how to
> with it, and prevent it in future. It's happened to me a couple of times,
> that my left hand, while coneing up and using a fair bit of force, got
> of kicked back into a bit of a twist by the centrifugal force of the
> wheel.... well i guess it happened one time to many when i really started
> feel it.
Bev Lev on thu 29 nov 01
I will apologize in advance for not checking out the archives to see if this
subject has already been addressed.
To all of you throwers out there I ask.... have you had the experience of
injuring a wrist while throwing and if yes, any suggestions on how to deal
with it, and prevent it in future. It's happened to me a couple of times,
that my left hand, while coneing up and using a fair bit of force, got sort
of kicked back into a bit of a twist by the centrifugal force of the
wheel.... well i guess it happened one time to many when i really started to
feel it. Good thing i was going on vacation...... i figured a rest would do
the trick, but 3 weeks later i know i can't go anywhere near a wheel yet. I
suspect it's an acute sort of tendonitis that will hopefully go away, and i
wonder if it might be cause my clay was a bit on the hard-dryer side. I would
be really greatful for any insights or suggestions. Hell I really don't want
to have to worry about this or give it up.
Doug Gray on fri 30 nov 01
prevention?? - keep your wrists straight when centering and throwing...
may require a different centering method than you are used to.