Saturday, 24 September 2011

saviac wheel

This is the SAVIAC wheel, designed by David Ballantyne (1913-1990) of Poole Pottery in Dorset,England. It is a collaboration between a potter and an engineer.
My version is not, I think one of the geared models, but with its cast iron flywheel it has good momentum.

Search After Values In An age of Crisis.

I would like to know more about why he named them thus, but it is suitable for the "interesting" times we live in.

No, that wheel wasn't cleaned especially for the photos! Unlike some people, I prefer to work clean, throw with slip and put any slop clay separate ready to be recycled.
No point in making work and wasting time!


Andrea Ingram said...

Anything with a pedal eh?

Steve said...

Lovely to see the picture of the wheel! I threw my first pot unaided on one like that when I was 4 (apparently!) but with David's capable hands close by in case of collapse! The name was 'Striving' After Values in an Age of Crisis. SAVIAC workshops was set up after the war through which he had been a conscientious objector set to working on the land clearing ditches and similar. The wheel was designed and made in association with Peter Stoodley (a potter who had worked at Poole but joined David in the ceramics dept at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and who became his lifelong friend & colleague. The wheel wasn't made at Poole but at David's home in Dorset. Lots more about all of this in David's obituary in Ceramic Review 1995/6(?) Glad I chanced upon this! Best wishes, Steve (Ballantyne)