Tools of the trade

by Abigail Percy on 25/05/2006

in Ceramics+Wood+Glass

Wire loop tools, cutting/scraping tool, wooden sculpture tool, cutting wire.

Handtools that potters and ceramicists use are real simple and can often be made by hand. I also have a whole batch of old plastic cards that gets a second life in the workshop. But what I most often use are buckets of all sizes and colours.

Bamboo knife, wooden paddle, callipers, dipping tool.

I did my ceramic training at Central St Martin’s in London and although I’d had ceramics as my main hobby for a long time there were many tools that I’d never heard of, let alone knew what they were for. I was all exhilirated at all the possibilities they held in store for me.

Next year, it’ll be 10 years since that first exitement and the tools feels more like extensions of me… Sometimes it strikes me how beautiful they are and how many I still have the opportunity of getting to know.

Metal and wooden ribs, natural sponge, sponge on a stick, metal carving tool, wooden sculpture tool.

I received two potter’s fair tips’ from Canada (thank’s Mary!):

The Potter’s Market – this weekend!

1001 Pots, July 14th – August 13th.

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