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A simple homemade tool makes it easy to create repetitive surface patterns.

Pencil Pushing: A Homemade Pottery Tool for Stippled Texture

Posted On December 24, 2008 1 Comment

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love when potters come up with clever homemade tools. When perusing the latest issue of Ceramics Monthly, I came across yet another great idea for a homemade texture tool for clay. It seems #2 pencils aren’t just for standardized tests anymore! Studio potter Emily Rossheim and her apprentice Tom Marrinson use a bundle of them to create stippled texture on her work. Today, we’ll explain how they create and use these low-tech but super cool tools. I don’t know about you, but I’m already scanning my office looking for other things to bundle together for texture tools.