Featured Video: Engine-turned pottery on 1768 style potter's lathe

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by bluumz, Apr 18, 2021.

  1. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    I found this so interesting!

  2. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    The last couple minutes of the video:

  3. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    WOW!!!! OH MY!!! I WOULD LOVE to own one of those mugs!!!!! Those videos were fascinating to watch and have saved to re-watch!!! Thank you Bluumz for posting.....!!!!!
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  4. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    Absolutely fascinating. This video does a very good job showing how the lathe functions, rather than just showing a pattern being applied. Easy to see how the same principles apply to engine turning on metal.

    The one thing that I wonder about: wouldn't those cams require working with a very specific diameter of ceramic? A start point and end point on the ceramic would have to match a start point and end point on the cam. Any offset would result in the pattern self-erasing.

    I don't know if the same problem would exist in metal as metal could be shaped after a pattern was applied.

    I wonder if, when looking at lathe turned Wedgwood pieces, there is a very limited range of diameters, or varying diameters are proportional, e.g. 6", 3", 1-1/2", necessary to match a repeat point in the pattern on the cam. Otherwise, each different diameter would require its own specific set of cams.
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  5. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    I immediately thought the same and went right to eBay, LOL. There were a couple of mochaware tankards by Don Carpentier (who sadly passed in 2014) listed/sold in the $400-$600 US range each but they weren't even his engine turned pieces. :greedy:

    EDIT: I have found that Don's wife, Denise Keegan Carpentier, also does wonderful engine-turned pottery.

    I wondered this very thing!
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2021
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  6. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    A line from the first video at 16:02, "Some potters found an intriguing use for the shaved off slip, but that's another story."
    Any idea what this could be??
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