Review

Going Batty (part 2)

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in Batts, Review, Tools | 0 comments

I prefer to use a batt rather than throwing directly on the wheel head.  But batts are a financial and spacial commitment.  So if you are considering purchasing batts, here is an overview of several choices. Tile-Batt System – This is my favorite solution because for nominal cost, I have 35 batts that store easily and consume minimal shelf space.  In addition, the tiles are porous and allow the pot bottoms to dry more evenly. The tiles only accomodate pots with feet less than 6″wide but it is a great solution for any production potter with limited shelf space.  The tiles hold up...

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A bit off center

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Review, Tools | 0 comments

There are two tools that I use regularly and recommend to potters who are setting up a studio: the tile batt and the giffin grip. Tile batts are a great solution for any studio because they are so space efficient.  Also, you don’t have to cut the pot off the batt; you can let it dry and it will pop off (similar to plaster batts).  And, tile batts are very affordable.  I bought the batt and 35 tiles for about $85 (it would cost approximately $350 to purchase the same number of plastic batts).  I bought my tile batt in 2008.  My father put a coat of polyurethane on it which has helped...

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Production Pottery – Tools

Posted by on Jan 28, 2012 in Class, Dinnerware, How-to, Multiples, Review, Scale, Tools | 0 comments

There are two fundamental challenges to making dinnerware.  The first challenge is to make similar pieces look similar (i.e. one salad plate should look like all the other salad plates).  This is accomplished by making pots that are the same size and shape.  Making pots that are the same size will help them look like they belong together; and, it is easier to replicate size (height and width) than it is to replicate shape – the key is to measure.  Fortunately, there are a few tools that can help potters in their quest to make place settings. A good scale is indispensable when making...

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Potter’s Tool Kit – Studio Tools

Posted by on Jun 25, 2011 in About Me, Review, Tools | 0 comments

Acquiring tools will not make better pots - practicing with them will. Every potter has a set of core tools – tools that she uses consistently in her tool kit.  But, there are also some tools that are too large to fit in most portable kits.  These are the studio tools.  Even when I didn’t have my own studio, I owned several studio tools because the art centers didn’t supply them. Tile Bat Tile Bat System – This is a great and affordable alternative to plastic and plaster bats.  I ordered it from Pottery Supply House; it comes with one tile so I purchased an additional box...

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Potter’s Tool Kit – Secondary Tools

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Review, Tools | 0 comments

Acquiring tools will not make better pots - practicing with them will. Every potter has a set of core tools – tools that she won’t leave home without.  Then there are the secondary tools – tools that are used for more specialized purposes.  Although I don’t use these tools every day, I appreciate having them when I need them. Scratching Wire Tool Kemper Clean Up Tool Hole Punch Tool Speed Ball Roller Sherrill Stainless Steel Ribs Lid Master Calipers Red Bulb Slip Trailer Wire brush – I prefer this tool for scoring.  It is one of my favorites. Clean up tools – Needful...

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Potter’s Tool Kit – Core Tools

Posted by on May 19, 2011 in About Me, Review, Tools | 0 comments

Acquiring tools will not make better pots - practicing with them will. Tools are a hot topic in pottery.  They are discussed during every demo, at every workshop, and in every class.  A potter’s tool kit is unique to the potter. The tools a potter uses can determine (in part) the type of pot the potter makes.  I like to try new tools and see how they change my pots.  When I am unfocused or struggling to design a new pot, I challenge myself to make a cylinder or bowl using different tools. I use a variety of tools but there are a few tools that are my core tools. Triangle trim tool – This is...

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