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!