Wishing you could own a potter’s wheel but can’t afford to buy it…there is help.

I don’t know how many times a student, a friend, someone I just met, or an old colleague has said to me, ‘I wish I had the money to buy my own potter’s wheel’.   It is actually pretty constant.  Potter’s wheels are expensive.  A new one with taxes can cost $2000 painful to the ears of a 3rd or 4th year ceramics student who wants to begin selling their work and is thinking beyond the ceramics studio at the School of Art.

Well, I learned something today that I didn’t know.  The Sounding Stone in Winnipeg has a rent to own plan.  This is the deal.  You give them $225 and your credit card number.  Payments are $75 per month.  $60 of that goes toward your wheel and the other to the financing.  If you decide you don’t want your wheel, Vern will take it back.  This is less than 9 visits to Starbuck’s or Timmie’s if you get a treat with that special coffee.  So think about it, you could be owning that Shimpo Whisper or Brent C tomorrow.

Many of you do not live in Winnipeg.  What you should do – if this is something that appeals to. you is check with your local supplier.  Maybe they have a rent to own scheme.  But if they don’t, why not talk to them about it?  Vern tells me that no one has ever returned a wheel but if they did, he would subtract off what the rent to own individual paid and he could easily sell it used.  He also reminded me that several years ago wheels cost $895.  Today they are $1500 and up.  Potter’s wheels are a good investment.  Over time their value appreciates.  So is it time for you to finally have your dream come true?  If so, give the Sounding Stone a shout.



Author: maryannsteggles

My creative life has many facets. I am a Professor of Ceramics and Art History at the School of Art, University of Manitoba. I write for a number of ceramic journals including Studio Potter, Art and Perception, Ceramics Technical, New Ceramics, and Ceramics Monthly. My research focuses on historical and contemporary Canadian woodfiring and, in particular, the marginalization of women. This year I have presented papers on the topic of the marginalization of women within the field of ceramics at the Third European Wood Fire Conference in La Borne, France, and the Creative Women Conference at the University of Guelph. I own Wheel and Throw. Contemporary Ceramic Design where I produce limited edition ceramic bottles. In the spring of 2019, I will be one of the resident artists at Hospitalfield in Abroath, Scotland. Can't wait! I can be reached at maryannsteggles@icloud.com

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