Friday, July 17, 2015


I bought my Venco No.5 wheel new in 1999 from Pottery Supplies and have never had any issues with it. But, as it hasn't been used for so long, I phoned and asked them if there was anything I needed to be aware of before I started it up. They suggested that perished grommets would be one thing to look out for. So, I checked the grommets on my wheel, and they did look a bit shrunken, but I decided to take my chances. I ran the wheel for a few minutes while I polished the wheel head with silicone carbide paper, and upon finishing, found most of my grommets on the floor in small black piles beneath the pedal and wheel body.


So, I ordered 4 small grommets, 4 large grommets, 2 o-rings, and 2 fibre washers.

I'm awaiting their delivery as I type.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Water-etching, or hydro-abrasion is something I've never tried but have played with a bit this week. I experimented with etching on the pots made by a friend, and found that I really enjoyed the rather zen process of abrading greenware with a small sponge...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Welcome to LLAURE Ceramics - a blog dedicated to my pottery musings/endeavours/trials/rants/processes and plans. :)

After eleven years of non-use, I retrieved my Venco No.5 wheel from storage last week, and decided to begin to throw pots again. I've been floundering creatively for a couple of years, with the last year being particularly barren. All these years I've never lost my interest in pottery, I've sketched it, read about it, planned the things I'd build, and even collected it on Pinterest.

Finally, I'm getting my hands into clay again. :)