Discovery Kids Pottery Wheel Kit
Mold your little one into a clay molder! This pottery wheel is motorized with a foot pedal, and includes everything needed to begin creating artistic pottery pieces: six paints, two brushes, eight jewels, 80 mosaic tiles, sponge, painter's pallet, craft glue, and six carving and shaping tools, plus two pounds of air-drying clay! Measures 18" in diameter.
Discovery Kids™ Pottery Wheel Kit 5 6
It is a toy for a young artist I bought this for Christmas for my daughter who is 6. I am an art teacher so I have experience with pottery wheels. Considering the price it is super cute and works fine. I worked with my daughter on a few pots. If the shape turned out wonky we packed it up in a ball again and started over. You don't need to soak the clay but wet hands and the wet sponge help. The centering devise works fine and we used that and pressed a starter center in it which my daughter then made larger with her thumb. It is a great wheel for a young child 5-10 just to get the feel of a wheel. The motor runs a little weak in turning if you use adult force. It didn't seem to slow when my daughter used it. For the money it is a great gift to a young aspiring artist! December 26, 2012
Ok for the price First off, let me tell you that the beginners directions were so confusing that we went straight to freehand. We tried the excavator thing to put a hole in the middle and it broke. :( That was the bad of it. This product is not a professional machine. I knew that from the get go. What it is....it's a fun toy for your child to get dirty with! We had no real messes with using this. My daughter is a sensory seeker and putting her hands in clay and creating pots is just what she needs. She LOVES this thing! As long as your child is not a perfectionist, this would be great for them. December 27, 2011
ridiculous WOW this was bad! online the product is as shown but I did not read the reviews beforehand. I bought this for a nephew who is artistically inclined and likes artwork. What I did not know is they market this product by the packaging for girls! There is a girl on the front and back and the paintbrushes are pink. The wheel seems very small to actually work and there are jewels and decorations which would more likely be for a girls toy. I figured The wheel and theother parts are purple and green which are neutral colors so I don't get it. This should not be geared to one gender just as cooking toys should not be! Finally I was going totake the thing out of the box and give it to my nephew in another box when I noticed a small picture on the top of a boy (barely noticable) Discovery Zone is an educational toy company it should be ashamed! December 22, 2011
I recommend with reservations I would have given this a 3.5 but seeing the previous reviewer gave it a 1 I bumped it up a touch as I don't think a 1 is very fair. OK first about me. I am 28 and I have taken all of one professional pottery wheel throwing class in my entire life. Given that this whole set is cheaper than one lesson, I figured, hey, it was worth a whirl. First, the plastic this thing is made of is about the cheapest cr*p you can imagine. Imagine the cheapest cr*ppiest plastic thing you ever bought, knock it down a notch, that is what this entire set is made of. However, it did work,and after I created my first work of "art", it still works as far as I know, but I consider any future workings of this thing a bonus. Second, clay got EVERYWHERE. If you are giving this to anyone under the age of 12, realize you will get clay E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E. Your Kid will LOVE it though, it is great fun. The wheel is underpowered, you cannot put much pressure on the clay to mold it so you have to be careful and patient. Also, the paperwork does not stress enough, you have to start with a bowl of water, soak your hands, and THEN go for your creation. Lots and lots of water, or this is no fun and it will not work. Hence, clay everywhere. When you're done, the instructions state the final product is not food or liquid safe. However, it is also air dry clay, no need to locate a kiln and pay to have it fired. Realize that throwing pottery is harder than it looks, and getting the clay centered and getting something symmetrical out of this was difficult for myself and will be difficult for your child. However, still loads of fun getting it right. You get about enough clay to put together one decent pottery item and that is all. You'll have to buy more for multiple uses. Overall I definitely think it is worth $20 for what you get. Don't expect quality, it's not here, and you will be frustrated because that lack of quality does make it harder to do good work. But for $20, I thought you actually got a lot and it was worth it. even it it only works the one time. Just beware of what you're getting. November 25, 2011