Ken Horstman Studios


When I first started taking ceramic courses many years ago at the University Wisconsin LaCrosse, your choices of wheels that you could use were a Lockerbie Kick Wheel, Randal Electric Wheel or a Couple of Brent Type C Electric Wheels.  Well everybody tended to gravitate to the electric wheels, so I went ahead and learned on the Lockerbie. With practice you could give that heavy cement flywheel  some kicks get that baby up to speed and center your clay and as the wheeled naturally slowed down you could still do one or two pulls.  Then one or two kicks and finish pulling up your walls.  

Later I went to graduate school for my MFA at the University of North Texas.  At that time the graduates were in an old dormitory and each grad had an old dorm room for their studio. The Kiln Gods were shining down on me as a person who was leaving the program was selling her Lockerbie Kick Wheel so I purchased it for one hundred dollars. 

That Lockerbie Wheel was still going strong,  but my legs not so much and they were in need of a break.  So I gave gave the Lockerbie to a middle school teacher, where I’m are it’s going strong.

I purchased a Skutt/Thomas Stuart Wheel Steven Hill Model   from The Ceramic Shop, It’s love at first throw.  It’s amazing and once I get the hang of,  that the wheel doesn’t naturally slow down,  I look forward to another thirty six years of throwing

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Diamond Core Tools

As I’ve mentioned before I’m a big fan of Diamond Core Tools.  I own several of their products including carving, fluting tools,  Diamond sanding and grinding pads.  What’s great on the carving tools is the replaceable tips always gives you a sharp tool without buying a whole new tool each time.  I haven’t tried their extruder tools or their trimming tools yet but I’m sure they are great as well.

But I just got in the mail Their Diamond Sgraffito Stylus   I brought the pack with all six stylus.  They are very nice with exceptional quality.  I’ve never seen anything quite like them.  I can’t wait to try them. Find them here

This is not a compensated endorsement I just like their products.   

Good News

Good News Bill van Gilder has brought back his newsletter.  For those of you who aren’y familiar with Bill van Gilder, bill is a potter from Gapland Maryland.  Bill is very active making pottery and giving workshops.  Here is the link to his web site  Here you will find links to some of the tools he uses, some he has designed as well as a link to where you can get some of his glazes..  When visiting his website, make sure you lick the Shop icon to take you to his tools as the scroll down menu does not have this link.  Also make sure to check out Bill’s You Tube channel  Bill doesn’t post on  a regular basis but the archive is amazing and his techniques are wonderful.   Bill does a wonderful job explaining  his thought process and how to accomplish his techniques with some practice.   One of my favorites is how to alter flower pot top

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