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Shimpo VL Whisper RK-3E Potter's Wheel

Shimpo VL Whisper RK-3E Potter's Wheel

Regular price £1,750.00 GBP
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The Shimpo RK-3E VL Whisper signifies a new era in pottery wheels, serving as the flagship model in the Shimpo range. It's responsive and powerful, delivering substantial torque at all speeds.

Remarkably, it operates at just 30 decibels, the same sound level as a quiet night in the suburbs.

When looking for a quality potter’s wheel, the Shimpo Whisper range ticks every box:

NO RISK. If for any reason you change your mind, you can simply return the wheel to us within 30 days and we will give you a full refund. No strings attached.

✅ Built to last

✅ Unbelievably quiet and smooth rotation

✅ Precise and responsive speed control

✅ Handles heavy loads (45kg) with ease

✅ Incredibly quick easy to set up

✅ Easy to clean

✅ Versatile

These features are common to all of the wheels in the Shimpo Whisper range. Here is where the RK3E VL really stands out:

✅ Adjustable telescopic legs to accommodate all throwing positions

✅ Legs are removable for tabletop use and easy storage

✅ Built-in worktable for tools and pots

✅ Large 14” Wheelhead

✅ Modular design for compact storage.

 Don’t just take our word for it, there are plenty of independent online reviews that sing the praises of this brilliant piece of kit. Feel free to have a look at any of these reviews if you need that extra bit of reassurance.

Craftschmaft review 

Youtube review 

Another Youtube review

Invest in quality and avoid the need for upgrades and replacements for years to come.

  • Smooth, silent operation (30 decibels)
  • Powerful and maintenance-free Brushless DC motor
  • Active Electronic Controller for consistent speed under any load
  • Reversible design for both right and left-hand users
  • Built-In Breaker for motor overload protection
  • Versatile Wheelhead turns freely at 0 RPM, doubles as a banding wheel
  • Minimal operating costs for budget-conscious users
  • Two-Piece Splashpan included
  • Peace of mind with a two-year warranty
  • Sturdy cast alloy remote foot pedal (detachable)
  • Adjustable telescopic legs with five settings for various throwing positions
  • Additional extension legs available
  • Three-leg design ensures easy leveling and stability
  • Spacious 14" Aluminum alloy wheelhead with optional accessories
  • Convenient built-in worktable for tools and pots
  • Modular design allows for compact storage
  • Potent drive centers up to 45kg (100lbs) of clay efficiently
  • Motor:
    • 400W
    • Single phase
    • 230V
    • 50/60Hz
  • Speed Control: Remote foot pedal
  • Wheel-head Speed: 0-250 rpm
  • Wheel-head Direction: Clockwise/Counter-clockwise
  • Dimensions: 350 mm, alloy casting
  • Weight: 54 kg
  • Ship Weight: 61 kg

Shimpo RK-3E User manual

Perfect for:

Potters at any level who prioritise quality and want a robust wheel that will handle anything they throw at it.

Beginners who want to buy a wheel they will not outgrow in terms of skill and requirements, and one that will stand the test of time. Avoiding the need for any upgrades or replacements for years to come. 


Delivery is free, takes 3-7 working days and will be delivered kerbside.

 All Shimpo Potter's Wheels come with a 2-year full warranty.

If for any reason you change your mind, you can simply return the wheel to us (within 30 days) and we will give you a full refund. No strings attached

For more delivery info on Shimpo Wheels orders, see our What To Expect From Your Shimpo Delivery page

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Free Clay

This Kiln comes with 12.5kg of Oxidising St Thomas Clay.

  • Optimal Firing Range: 1150-1280°C 
  • Suitable for cone 3 to 10.
  • Texture: 4.5 out of ten - on a scale from smooth (1) to coarse (10)
  • Shrinkage Characteristics: Exhibits 8% shrinkage at 1100°C and 11% at 1200°C.

This versatile clay body is very popular for both earthenware and stoneware applications.

Under normal or slightly reducing conditions, it develops an appealing speckled appearance. Durable and forgiving, it boasts excellent resistance to warping and cracking, making it perfect for both throwing and hand building. Exceptionally well-suited for educational purposes. Fires to a warm, toasted buff hue at stoneware temperatures. 

Note: Your clay and kiln may arrive separately. We will let you know in advance when you can expect each item.

Need Clay or Glaze?

Avoid delivery costs by ordering consumables with your kiln or wheel

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