At this point, I pick one of the masks and, with fettling knife
, cut straight lines through the clay horizontally across the middle of the eyes the width of an eyeball.
There are vases and bowls in various stages, an opened bag of clay, a kidney tool and fettling knife
. A cup of coffee steams in the cold.
The building design is placed on slab and carefully traced around and cut out with a fettling knife
or needle tool.
Photo: Tools of the trade(stainless steel implements with offset handles are best; try a hardware, crafts, building, or kitchen supply store): 1, 7 masonry trowels; 2 level; 3, 5, 6 cooking spatulas; 4 spackling knife; 8, 12 pottery fettling knife
and tool; 9, 11 melon baller, apple corer; 10 palette knife; 13 dental cement spatula.
Students can then cut the slabs into square or brick shapes using a fettling knife
, making sure they're uniform.
Clay and clay tools, burlap mats, rolling pins, wood slats, fettling knife
Using slip, a pin tool or fettling knife
, gently score the base slab (piecrust) and add some slip.
Cut out the clay slab by tracing around the paper pattern with a fettling knife
. To release the mask base, hold the clay and cloth on the top with one hand and turn the clay over.
DE-BASE A base for their pottery piece can be made either from a "thrown" slab, which is then cut with a clay knife (fettling knife
) to desired size and shape, or by rolling clay out with a rolling pin.
The surface design may then be applied in various ways: a needle or ribbon tool may be used to incise or carve the design into the clay; assorted objects may be pressed into the moist clay; areas of the clay may be carved with a ribbon tool or a fettling knife
creating a variety of depth in the clay (low relief) and/or negative spaces; clay may be added to the surface of the pot creating a higher relief.
* Basic clay tools: fettling knife
, needle tool, hand-wire
Surface textures, another important element, were included on the pattern of the turtle's back and etched into the legs with a fettling knife
. A combination of underglazes were used as primary decoration, with several coats of clear, transparent glaze placed over the entire piece.