Monday, August 24, 2009

I have to admit... and a little tool talk

Ok I have to admit that I am a bit of a Wino. I may have confessed this before but my addiction has escalated since I burned my fingers sneaking these out of the hot kiln. Once again, it was a custom order request that made me get down to the business of perfecting my wine mugs.

I am one of those 'no advanced planning' kind of potters and I needed to get at these mugs immediately. I wanted to get a really good hand-hugging shape that I have had in my mind for a while and wanted it to be somewhat consistent. I knew that I needed a guide for this rounded shape so I did what I usually do... scavenged my studio for ideas.

I had been saving a bunch of those plastic gift card that just get thrown away once they are used up. They are a study enough plastic with a straight edge that I often find uses for. I took my studio scissors and started cutting different profiles into the cards. I just freehanded the angles since I had a bunch of them. They worked quite well and I found one profile to be almost perfect. Now if I get the urge and energy, I can duplicate this profile into a more sturdy wooden tool. But that is a project for another day.


jimgottuso said...

the gift card thing is a good idea... are there little burrs on the edge or are they perfectly smooth?

Pam McFadyen said...

I was worried about that too but it seemed fairly smooth. The only limitation I found was that they are a bit short. They are flexible too which works well with soft plastic clay. It just took a bit of playing around with the angle I held them so that they wouldn't catch on the spinning clay. Worked much better than I expected for such a thin form.