.. and the cycle begins again.
I love making mugs, so I always start a new cycle with my favorite form. I must admit that I was hesitant to post these photos because my hands are looking pretty weathered these days. Oh well, that's life :)
Throwing a DirtKicker Pottery mug
Last month when John and I were in Los Angeles, I checked out the Aardvark Clay Supply Store. It was one of those kid in a candy store experiences. Shopping pottery tools in a brick and mortar store is rare for me. To pick up a tool and feel it in my hand before deciding to buy it, is very nice.
They had everything!! I wanted to buy out the store, but I was good. I only bought some latex resist and this ultra nice Xiem Rib.
I knew when I held it in my hand that it would be perfect for smoothing and compressing slabs. I tried it yesterday and it worked so great. The rib is kind of thick and the edge is very subtle and smooth. I love mudtools for throwing, but this Xiem tool is king for smoothing slabs. They are priced very reasonable too.