Archive for February 15th, 2009

Tools and pots

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

I am not really a tool and die man. I build kilns and make tools out of necessity. I know some potters who make pots only so that they can make tools and build kilns. I am the other way around.
So anyway I decided to make some new roller type tools for putting pattern on pots. From left to right here are:
A roller from Capital Ceramics in Salt Lake. Next are two rollers used to press down seams in wall paper. One is new. The other on is twenty years or more older. I can’t find ones like that any more. I suspect the new ones are all plastic. Then there is Shoe Goo and various strings and cords from the local hardware store.
I start by rolling the glue onto the roller like I would if I were inking a brayer for print making.
When the glue is evenly distributed I wind the cord onto the roller and hold it until it sticks.
Nice tool, eh?
Here is the same idea with carpenter’s string.
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Mugs showing string roller, cord roller and bisque stamp impressions
Here is the same thing on a small vase.
Three slab built platters with rope/string patterns and details of the same. Fun with clay.