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Grinding Your Pots Feet: A Great Solution!

Grinding Your Pots Feet:  A Great Solution!

When at NCECA in Kansas City, 2016, I bought several products from CI Products .  Amazing!!!

One of the products is the Diamond Grinding Disk – Click here to see it! 

I’ve attached it to a bat with the adhesive backing that it comes with – super sticky and adheres easily.

The grinding disc needs water to work properly.  So… my husband (he is awesome!!) created a water pumping device that pumps water from a bucket onto the wheel, then the water is recycled back into the bucket from the wheel.

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diamond grinding pad, grinding pottery

A small water pump, set on a brick, in a bucket of water, will pump a stream of water onto the wheel head and the grinding disk.

diamond grinding pad, grinding pottery

Water is recycled from the wheel bowl into the bucket.

diamond grinding pad, grinding pottery

A piece of flexible metal in the plastic tubing allows for easy manipulation of the placement of the stream of water coming from the small pump in the water bucket.

Here’s a short video on how it works!

We gave it a massive trial this week as Lyndall Bensley had a bunch of pieces that needed to be ground before delivery to the customer.  It worked so well!  In less than an hour, she had cleaned up the bottoms of over 45 pieces!  DSC_0100

diamond grinding pad, grinding pottery

The finish on the bottom of the pots is great! Even on very gritty clay! A diamond coated grinding sponge will help to take off any other rough spots that the wheel missed.

diamond grinding pad, grinding pottery

The piece can be placed, moved and edged on the diamond grinding disk to hit all the rough spots.

diamond grinding disc, grinding pottery on a potters wheel

All done and packed up! Saves so much time!

diamond grinding disc, grinding pottery on a potters wheel

Lyndall Bensley was super happy with the process – took about an hour!

I understand that the diamond grinding discs can be acquired here in Australia from Gemcuts,

Go get grinding!

marian williams pottery

Written by Marian Williams

4 Comments

  1. Samara · September 5, 2016

    Very interesting article, I didn’t realise you could do this so thanks. Keep up the good work 🙂

  2. Yegana Jafarova · September 30, 2016

    Thank you for this post. I liked your technique, but what I liked even more is your beautiful glazes!
    Yegana
    http://www.silkyshapes.com.au

    • Marian Williams · October 5, 2016

      Thanks so much for reading and liking my post and the glazes!
      All the best,
      Marian

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