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Sweet As…. My New Venco Direct Drive Pottery Wheel!

Sweet As…. My New Venco Direct Drive Pottery Wheel!

It is sort of like changing from cooking on a gas stove to an electric stove top, or vice versa – There’s a bit of a learning curve.

My new wheel has taken me some “getting used to” time.  It’s different.  But, oh so sweet!

It took me a bit to get used to the power, the torque, the quiet.  I “listen” to my other wheels and have learned to gauge what the speed is by the hum of the motor.  The Venco Direct Drive is really quiet, so I had to adjust to that.  Other than that, it is great!  And it fit very nicely into the throwing table that Ronnie built for me for the other wheel.

The clean-up is so easy that I find myself cleaning up after each throwing session! And for me, a really messy potter, that is something.

One of the reasons that it is so easy to clean is the larger hole for drips and slag.  Those little holes on the older ones just get stuffed with clay, causing a huge backup problem.  It’s one of those “DUH” ideas!!!

Also, there is no where for the clay to hide under the wheel head.  That is all enclosed!!! Crazy idea, eh?!!!  Brilliant!!!

As I said before, I’m a very lucky girl!!!  Throwing, throwing, throwing!

Written by Marian Williams


  1. Lori Buff · January 30, 2013

    Very nice wheel, congratulations.

  2. J.Singer · December 29, 2013

    Great looking set up. Am considering buying a Venco Direct Drive wheel. How has it worked out for you?

    • Marian Williams · December 29, 2013

      Do it! It’s awesome!

    • Marian Williams · July 17, 2016

      This comment was years ago! Don’t know how I missed it! Hope you’ve got a new wheel and are enjoying it alot!
      All the best,

  3. emmaj · July 13, 2016

    Hi Marian,

    I see that this post was made a few years ago and am interested to know if, after using the direct drive wheel for some time now, you still recommend it or have had any unanticipated issues with it? I’m thinking about purchasing one.Thanks 🙂

    • Marian Williams · July 17, 2016

      Hi, definitely! I love it – go for it! It’s so quiet, super easy cleanup and great to throw on!
      All the best,

      • emmaj · July 18, 2016

        Thanks for your reply and advice Marian. I had the opportunity to try one last week also and loved it. So I’ve just ordered one and can’t wait to get it and start creating 🙂 ~Emma

  4. yvettedelacy · April 9, 2017

    Hi Marion I know this is an old post but I too have recently purchased a venco direct drive second hand wheel. I was wondering if you use the wheel pins as mine are spaced too far apart for my bats. Do you know if you can put new pins in your self?
    Kind regards

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