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After getting a pottery wheel, what to sit on was actually an afterthought. There I stood admiring my new wheel and wanting to make something right away. But wait. What was I going to sit on?
It’s smart not to just grab any old thing to sit on. My friend turned a five-gallon paint bucket over and used it longer than she intended to.
You may also find yourself sitting much longer than you intended.
I think it’s worth taking your time to look at the options before just grabbing a stool.
Some potter stools are not thick and comfortable enough for a good long pottery making session. At the pottery studio, I often found myself putting something soft on the seat because after a few hours it can get uncomfortable. However, there are a few alternatives I can recommend.
My favorite stool is a Swivel Task Chair available on Amazon.com (pictured above, arms and back removed) Yes an office chair. People sit on them for eight hours a day, so it makes perfect sense to use one as a potter’s stool. It has extra thick foam padding that makes every pottery making session a comfortable experience. That’s my top pick.
What to Look for In A Potters Stool
- Adjustable height for your legs, your arms, and the wheel.
- Comfortable to sit on for long periods of time
- Wheels, Stationary, or Swivel
The Swivel Task Chair For My Top Pick.
You want to be comfortable as you are crafting your pottery and this chair does that. The seat is a good size giving you plenty of room. It’s also comfortable to sit on, and my bottom doesn’t get sore even when sitting at the wheel for a while.
This Swivel Task Chair is leather. Which is a good thing because the clay wipes right off your seat. Clay will get stuck in cloth seats, which will kick up clay dust every time you sit down. It is a very sturdy chair and the wheels stay on even when you pick it up.
Having wheels is a plus if you want to roll over to another area and grab a tool or something. The wheels come in handy when pulling away from the pottery wheel or moving in closer. It’s nice to roll your chair over to your work table and raise the height of your seat when needed.
The swivel is excellent for grabbing things next to you or behind you without having to get up when you’re in the middle of throwing a piece.
The swivel task chair costs a little more but is totally worth the added cost in my opinion.
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👇 Amazon Basics Office Chair 👇
Shimpo Traditional Potters Stool
Some potters feel more comfortable when they are tilting in towards the pottery wheel while throwing or trimming. It’s all about your comfort level. This chair has a soft, comfortable cushioned blue vinyl seat that wipes clean.
The rubber non-slip feet are great for keeping you in one place.
Weighing only 10 pounds, it’s durable and you can easily move this stool all over your work area.
The Shimpo is not just about the height adjustment, it’s also about the angle. The Shimpo potter’s stool is a two in one chair that can be adjusted to be level or tilted. The adjustable legs go all the way up to 25 inches and down to 18 inches.
As far as Adjustable potter stools go this is one of the best.
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ROC-N-SOC Nitro Throne
When it comes to comfort the ROC-N-SOC Nitro Thorne’s comfortable seat does the job. The top of the seat is 4 inches thick allowing you to work comfortably for a long time. The design of this Throne will help prevent your bum from getting numb and make your time on the wheel very comfortable.
This seat is very sturdy and only a little over 14 pounds. It does not wobble when you’re throwing on the wheel. This seat has no wheels but thick rubber feet that stay where you put it. Drummers have used this Throne for many years and love the comfort and durability of it.
Being adjustable is a big plus. When it comes to the different sizes of potters and the comfortable position you want to be in, one size does not fit all. Being able to adjust this seat from 18 inches all the way to 24 inches is nice.
The bicycle-style seat helps you fit around the wheel nicely which makes cutting off the circulation in your legs less likely. The clay easily wipes off the vinyl seat.
Yes, drum roll, please. It’s not cheap, but this durable seat makes a good potters stool that will last a long long time.
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👇 ROC-N-SOC Nitro Throne 👇
Drafting Stool with Wheels
This Seat Cushion is 14.2 inches across and very comfortable to sit and lean forward for long periods of time.
If you like wheels, I found this Amolife Multi-Purpose Adjustable Round Drafting Stool to be a nice alternative. Having 5 smooth coaster wheels is good for stability when throwing on the wheel. Overall this is a good sturdy stool.
The Drafting stool Height adjustment goes from 18.1 inches to 22.8 inches. I also like the 360 swivel for grabbing tools and things behind me. This chair is compact and fits right up next to your wheel nicely and only takes a few minutes to assemble.
For all these reasons this chair may be a good choice for you.
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👇 Multi-Purpose Rolling Swivel Drafting Stool 👇
All of these stools are nice for making your pottery throwing experience as fun and comfortable as possible.
Taking care of your butt and back is pretty important when you want to relax and create a unique piece of pottery. You really do notice the difference when sitting for hours and not wanting to get up. Having a good seat is number one when it comes to maintaining a good posture. So choose the one that works best for you.