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popular. Paddles have been indispensable in my own work for several decades, and until recently I made my own because none were available commercially. It is gratifying that so many of the toolmakers now produce paddles, and Mecca offers an especially wide variety in flat, rope-wound, and textured or patterned wood. Bison tools reports the Standard Series Loop model “A” is the all-around most popular shape, which is no surprise since it is essentially the deluxe tungsten carbide version of the ubiquitous and useful pearshaped loop tool found in basic pottery tool kits. Of his newer tools, the Gracile Series “Double Ender” with “C” and “G” loops seem to be the preferred trimming tools for serious studio potters. Of the Solid Tool Series, the “No. 38” is the all-around workhorse for general trimming and especially for cutting sharp corners on small foot rings or galleries on lidded vessels. All the tools are intended for use on leather-hard clay, but customers especially appreciate the fact that the Solid Series can also trim bone dry or even soft bisque. To look at images of all the Bison tools go to ETSY and search “pdpbison.” If they don’t all come up, click the upper right button that indicates the total number of items listed. With 250 different Dolan tools in ten series, it’s difficult to pick favorites, but Maureen Dolan identified, in order of popularity, the DPT 220-C flexible knife, the DPT 310 pear-shaped loop tool, and the DPT 440 triangular loop tool (one of my favorites). Among the small detail loops with super-thin blades, the S-50 triangular tool and M-30 oblong tool are popular, and the latter is especially good for sgraffito. All of the Dolan tools have carbon steel blades. Go to ceramictools.com to view or download a PDF of the Dolan catalog. Po Zhou at chineseclayart.com says that their most popular items include the Texture Mats (item PA-01), the Five-Pin Scoring Tool, (Item CI-05), and the Dragon Scale Tool for impressing dragon scales, fish scales, or roof tiles (item DS-01). He also says that growing fascination for handbuilt Yixing teapots has inspired a healthy interest in the Circle Cutter and Parallel Cutter (items CC-02 and CP-02). If you have not done so, go online and watch videos of contemporary Yixing potters making teapots. The ones you assumed were wheel-thrown are entirely handbuilt using these tools. This is just a sampling of tool makers, and I regret that I could not include more. As always, I encourage readers to contact me if you know of tool-makers I have not covered, or of any unique or new clay tools from any source. I try to keep up on what is out there, but I need your eyes and ears to help me. [ Mudtools R1 Very Soft Rib Mudtools HAX SS Mecca Rope Paddles Mecca Pattern Paddles Vince Pitelka is professor of clay at Tennessee Technological University’s Appalachian Center for Craft, an active participant on the Clayart Internet discussion group, and author of Clay: A Studio Handbook. Feel free to suggest topics for this column or contact Vince through his Website at http://iweb.tntech.edu/wpitelka. Shop Talk I Tool Times CLAYTIMES·COM n WINTER / SPRING 2015 39 Shop Talk I Tool Times popular. Paddles have been indispensable in my own work for several decades, and until recently I made my own because none were available commercially. It is gratifying that so many of the toolmakers now produce paddles, and Mecca offers an especially wide variety in flat, rope-wound, and textured or patterned wood. Bison tools reports the Standard Series Loop model “A” is the all-around most popular shape, which is no surprise since it is essentially the deluxe tungsten carbide version of the ubiquitous and useful pearshaped loop tool found in basic pottery tool kits. Of his newer tools, the Gracile Series “Double Ender” with “C” and “G” loops seem to be the preferred trimming tools for serious studio potters. Of the Solid Tool Series, the “No. 38” is the all-around workhorse for general trimming and especially for cutting sharp corners on small foot rings or galleries on lidded vessels. All the tools are intended for use on leather-hard clay, but customers especially appreciate the fact that the Solid Series can also trim bone dry or even soft bisque. To look at images of all the Bison tools go to ETSY and search “pdpbison.” If they don’t all come up, click the upper right button that indicates the total number of items listed. With 250 different Dolan tools in ten series, it’s difficult to pick favorites, but Maureen Dolan identified, in order of popularity, the DPT 220-C flexible knife, the DPT 310 pear-shaped loop tool, and the DPT 440 triangular loop tool (one of my favorites). Among the small detail loops with super-thin blades, the S-50 triangular tool and M-30 oblong tool are popular, and the latter is especially good for sgraffito. All of the Dolan tools have carbon steel blades. Go to ceramictools.com to view or download a PDF of the Dolan catalog. Mudtools R1 Very Soft Rib ()5Ցѽ́!`ML()5IA()5AѕɸA()Q́́Ёͅѽ̰$ɕɕ)ѡЁ$ձЁՑɔ̰́݅$Ʌ)ɕ́ѼхЁԁ܁ѽ́$)ٔЁٕɕȁչՔȁ܁ѽ)ɽͽɍ$ѼݡЁ́Ёѡɔ)Ё$ȁ́́Ѽl()YAѕ́ɽͽȁ䁅ЁQ͕Q)Uٕͥé ѕȁȁ Ʌаѥٔ)ѥЁѡ Ё%ѕɹЁ͍ͥɽ)ѡȁ MՑ!ɕѼ՝Ёѽ)ȁѡ́յȁхЁYѡɽ՝́]ͥє)輽ݕѹѕԽѕ() 1eQ%5O =4]%9QHMAI%9()AiԁЁ͕й́ͅѡЁѡȁ)ձȁѕ́ՑѡQɔ5̀ѕAĤ)ѡٔAMɥQ%ѕ $ԤѡɅ)MQȁɕͥɅ͍̰͍̰͠)ȁɽѥ̀ѕLĤ!ͼ́ͅѡЁɽݥ)͍ѥȁեЁe᥹ѕ́́ɕ)ѡ䁥ѕɕЁѡ ɍ ѕȁAɅ) ѕȀѕ́ ȁ @Ȥ%ԁٔЁ)ͼ݅э٥́ѕɅe᥹)ѕ́ѕ̸Q́ԁյݕɔ)ݡѡɽݸɔѥɕ䁡եЁͥѡ͔ѽ̸((((0