Potter's Wheels

» Our Products » Potter's Wheels

RK-WhisperRK-Whisper Potter's Wheel

The RK-Whisper represents the next generation of potter’s wheels. Responsive, high torque at all speeds, powerful and quiet. Not just quiet, but QUIET! This wheel is by far the quietest on the market; you can actually throw and hear yourself think at the same time...

The exterior of the RK-Whisper resembles the RK-10, but that’s where the similarities end! This new wheel features a brushless DC motor and direct drive (no belt) system. The motor is electronically controlled and operated by a fixed foot pedal and hand lever. It’s reversible, and the steel body is durable under all conditions. A 12” wheel-head and two-piece splash pan are included as standard features.

***This product may be harmful to a person who has a pacemaker. Serious injury or death could occur. Consult a physician before using.***

  • Features & Benefits
  • Specifications
  • Literature
  • Accessories
  • Video Demo
RK-Whisper Potter's Wheel
Brushless DC Motor Smooth, quiet, powerful, no maintenance
Electronic Controller Maintains desired speed under all load conditions
Broad Speed Range Allows optimum speed under all load conditions
Reversibility Accommodates left and right hand users
Built-in Breaker Motor is protected from overload
Fixed Foot Pedal w/ Hand Lever Compact design saves space
Wheel-head Turns Freely At 0 RPM Serves as a banding wheel
Two-piece Splash Pan w/ Built-in Table Completes the package
Warranty 5-year
RK-Whisper Potter's Wheel
Motor ½ HP, 400 W, AC 115V, 60 Hz
Drive System Direct drive DC brushless motor
Speed Control Fixed foot pedal with hand lever
Wheel-head Speed 0~250 rpm
Wheel-head Direction Clockwise/Counter-clockwise
Centering 100 lbs.
Wheel-head 12" light alloy casting, drilled for bat pins
Dimensions 20 x 21 x 20"
Ship Weight 135 lbs.
RK-Whisper data sheet  

RK-Whisper Potter's Wheel data sheet

Download Data Sheet

RK-Whisper manual  

RK-Whisper Potter's Wheel manual

Download Manual


Hump Mold Throwing System  

Hump Mold Throwing System

The New Hump Mold Throwing System fits any SHIMPO potter's wheels. Contact your local dealer to order.

7.5" Plaster Plate Hump Mold
Product number: WHM7PL
Suggested Retail Price: $16.95

7.5" Plaster Bowl Hump Mold
Product number: WHM7BL
Suggested Retail Price: $16.95

9" Plaster Plate Hump Mold for Wheel
Product number: WHM9PL
Suggested Retail Price: $20.00

Mold Hump Adapter Bat (Fits any SHIMPO Wheel)
Product number: WHM-AD-BAT
Suggested Retail Price: $29.00

two-piece splashpan  

Two-Piece Splash pan with ClipsFits

RK-Whisper and RK-10 models manufactured after 1981 and all Master Series wheels when fitted with a 12-inch Wheel-head. Both pieces of the splash pan remove quickly and easily for cleaning or when throwing larger ware. Shorter mounting bolts are required for use with our tables.

Part number: KRKC0205011 (23”L x 18” W x 5” H / 4.5 lbs.)

Suggested Retail Price: $88.00

one-piece splashpan  

One-Piece Splash Pans

Our one-piece pans come in two sizes: large and small. The splash pans attach under the wheel-head and do not require removal for cleaning due to their convenient drain plugs. Constructed of durable flex plastic, our one-piece splash pans resists cracking or breaking and clean easily.


Fits all Master Series (fitted with 12-inch wheel-head), RK-10 and some older RK-2 models. Our table may be used together with this pan as an accessory on wheels listed above (except the M-1 which does not fit a table). 19” dia. X 5” H, 4 lbs.
Suggested Retail Price: $42.50


This pan fits all Master Series wheels except the M-1. 23” dia x 4” H, 4 lbs.
Suggested Retail Price: $48.00

work table small  

Small Work Table

Solid HDPE plastic work tables which quickly attach to the RK Whisper, RK-10 Basic and Super and older RK-2 models as well as Master Series models (except the M1). The smaller table adds approximately two square feet of surface space.

Part number: BPB00165-HW: 16" L x 21.5" W / 10 lbs.
Suggested Retail Price: $62.00

work table large  

Large Work Table

Solid HDPE plastic work tables which quickly attach to the RK Whisper, RK-10 Basic and Super and older RK-2 models as well as Master Series models (except the M1). The large table adds approximately four square feet of surface space.

Part number: BPB00160P-HW: 15" L x 44" W / 20 lbs.
Suggested Retail Price: $164.00

Potter's tools  

SHIMPO Potter's Tools

Introducing traditional Japanese-style pottery tools. Use these traditional Japanese-style pottery tools to enhance your throwing skills and explore new possibilities on the potter's wheel. Chose from a variety of pottery tools that have been carefully selected for your wheel-throwing needs. Contact your local dealer to order

Contact SHIMPO for pricing (800) 237-7079


Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

RK-Whisper potter's wheel video demo