Clay Times Back Issues Vol. 21 Issue 99 - Winter/Spring 2015 - Page 38

CLAYTIMES·COM n WINTER / SPRING 2015 Shop Talk I Tool Times 38 Popular Tools (continued from previous page) MKM Decorating Disk – Detail Showing Pencil Holes for temporarily marking the clay, and allow the artist to quickly divide the surface into standard configurations of radial segments for the purpose of design layout. That said, anyone who follows my column knows that I think highly of MKM tools—both the ingenuity and quality—but I am known for telling students to “trust your eyes.” Go ahead and use the MKM Decorating Disk to get accustomed to the divisions you prefer, then wean yourself of measuring devices, and trust your eyes. You get better at it quickly and will be able to rapidly and intuitively divide surfaces however you wish with no measuring devices, and your work will come out better for it. Pottery Supply House acknowledges that the standard, inexpensive wire clay cutters, pin tools, sponges, and scrapers easily outsell all other tools, and I think that most pottery supply retailers would agree. But of the unique tools made specifically by or for PSH, the Williams Trimming Tool far outsells any other trimming tool. I mentioned this tool several years ago in my column, and have used it in my own work. While certainly inexpensive and no artisanal tool, this trimmer is lightweight and the carbon steel loops are very sharp. It does exactly what you want a basic bandloop trimmer to do. PSH also reports that among their selection of stainless steel modeling tools, the double-ball styluses are especially popular as multi-use modeling and sgraffito tools. They feature a hollow handle PSH Williams Trimming Tool with a lighter feel than expected, which translates to greater control in your hand. Mudtools makes many fine tools. My own preferences tend toward the more coarsely serrated stainless steel ribs and stiffer plastic ribs. But their most popular items are the original Shredder (the little D-shaped “cheese grater”), the R1 Very Soft Rib, and the Hax SS. The latter is unique among serrated stainless steel ribs. The long, slender shape allows access where other ribs cannot reach, and the micro-teeth give a surface available with no other tool. I guess I need to use mine more and let it fully reveal its capabilities. Surform tools have been ubiquitous in studio clay for good reason, and with its size and shape, the Mudtools Shredder gives greater flexibility and access than other curved variations by Surform or its imitators. Stanley Hurst of Mecca Pottery Tools has been present at NCECA and other ceramics events for a long time, and now you can find his tools at meccapotterytools.com. Stan says that the wood rollers and stamps are the foundation of his line and have always been most popular. His customers appreciate the deep impression they give, and the fact that no two are exactly the same. He also reports that his rope paddles are very Shop Talk I Tool Times Popular Tools (continued from previous page) PSH Williams Trimming Tool with a lighter feel than expected, which translates to greater control in your hand. MKM Decorating Disk – Detail Showing Pencil Holes for temporarily marking the clay, and allow the artist to quickly divide the surface into standard configurations of radial segments for the purpose of design layout. That said, anyone who follows my column knows that I think highly of MKM tools—both the ingenuity and quality—but I am known for telling students to “trust your eyes.” Go ahead and use the MKM Decorating Disk to get accustomed to the divisions you prefer, then wean yourself of measuring devices, and trust your eyes. You get better at it quickly and will be able to rapidly and intuitively divide surfaces however you wish with no measuring devices, and your work will come out better for it. CLAYTIMES·COM n WINTER / SPRING 2015 Pottery Supply House acknowledges that the standard, inexpensive wire 38 clay cutters, pin tools, sponges, and scrapers easily outsell all other tools, and I think that most pottery supply retailers would agree. But of the unique tools made specifically by or for PSH, the Williams Trimming Tool far outsells any other trimming tool. Mudtools makes many fine tools. My own preferences tend toward the more coarsely serrated stainless steel ribs and stiffer plastic ribs. But their most popular items are the original Shredder (the little D-shaped “cheese grater”), the R1 Very Soft Rib, and the Hax SS. The latter is unique among serrated stainless steel ribs. The long, slender shape allows access where other ribs cannot reach, and the micro-teeth give a surface available with no other tool. I guess I need to use mine more and let it fully reveal its capabilities. Surform tools have been ubiquitous in studio clay for good reason, and with its size and shape, the Mudtools Shredder gives greater flexibility and access than other curved variations by Surform or its imitators. I mentioned this tool several years ago in my column, and have used it in my own work. While certainly inexpensive and no artisanal tool, this trimmer is lightweight and the carbon Stanley Hurst of Mecca Pottery Tools steel loops are very sharp. It does has been present at NCECA and exactly what you want a basic bandother ceramics events for a long loop trimmer to do. PSH also reports time, and now you can find his tools that among their selection of stainless at meccapotterytools.com. 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