Cutting Edge

I currently use a method called hand-building to create my work. My early clay education was primarily based in using a potter's wheel and a method called throwing. I spent many years refining and mastering my throwing skills. I experimented with hand-building and used it in combination with my wheel-thrown work.  It really wasn't until I moved to Charlotte, NC and took an inspirational hand-building class at Clayworks studio that I began to explore and then exclusively choose the hand-building methods to develop my work. This is what keeps me coming back to clay as my medium -- the infinite possibilities of creativity and expression. Some day I may go back to the wheel or use both methods to create, but for now I'm really happy with my slab roller and my imagination.

My wheel is like the 'treadmill' of the studio right now. It does not get any use. In fact, it's still wrapped with plastic from when we moved to Maryland several years ago!  

My wheel is like the 'treadmill' of the studio right now. It does not get any use. In fact, it's still wrapped with plastic from when we moved to Maryland several years ago!

 

I've had my North Star slab roller for more than 10 years. It's currently the 'work horse' of the studio. I use it to roll out large slabs of clay to make my work.  

I've had my North Star slab roller for more than 10 years. It's currently the 'work horse' of the studio. I use it to roll out large slabs of clay to make my work.

 

There are many tools available for cutting the clay slab into the shapes I create. I am always on the lookout for a new and improved (cutting edge) gadget to slice the clay easily with a smooth edge. As you can see, I've tried out many tools!  

There are many tools available for cutting the clay slab into the shapes I create. I am always on the lookout for a new and improved (cutting edge) gadget to slice the clay easily with a smooth edge. As you can see, I've tried out many tools!

 

The knife pictured above is my latest purchase. Sandi Pierantozzi used a similar one in the workshop I attended last week. The needle tool on the top right has been my cutting tool of choice after each experimentation with other devices. It is easy for me to hold and maneuver. The problem with the needle is it leaves a bit of a rough edge on the cut clay surface which requires extra clean-up. I'll give the new knife a whirl in the studio this week.

The knife pictured above is my latest purchase. Sandi Pierantozzi used a similar one in the workshop I attended last week. The needle tool on the top right has been my cutting tool of choice after each experimentation with other devices. It is easy for me to hold and maneuver. The problem with the needle is it leaves a bit of a rough edge on the cut clay surface which requires extra clean-up. I'll give the new knife a whirl in the studio this week.

I just opened the kiln this morning. I'm happy with what I saw!

I just opened the kiln this morning. I'm happy with what I saw!