Love it or hate it, trimming can transform a weighty Earth-bound pot into one that is a pleasure to hold, look at, and use. But it takes some practice to learn the proper consistency for good trimming or how much to take off (we’ve all experienced the horror of trimming through the bottom of a… Read More »
Pottery Trimming Tools
Trimming wheel-thrown pottery – some potters love it, some potters hate it. But if you are going for that tight, refined look in your pottery, you have to learn how to trim it. The articles in this section will help you do just that. We’ll feature tips from potters on everything from trimming pottery with delicate rims to making your own pottery trimming tools. And don't forget to download your free copy of the 2012 Ceramic Arts Buyers Guide: A Ceramic Studio Supply Resource . This handy studio reference includes valuable technical references and great clay tools to help you with forming, surface decoration and firing. Plus, it has a comprehensive directory of manufacturers and suppliers that provide ceramic equipment, raw materials, clay tools and ceramic supplies.
When it comes to improving the efficiency of their processes, clay people are quite clever. We get a lot of great studio tips sent to us from readers, and every month Ceramics Monthly publishes some of them in their Tips and Tools section. Readers seem to like them, so we also have been sharing… Read More »
Personally, I find trimming pots quite enjoyable, but a lot of people just hate it. One way to minimize your trimming agony is to throw your pots with thinner bottoms (about 3/16 of an inch), remove any excess clay at the bottom in the throwing stage, and then cut the pot off the wheel with… Read More »
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, potters and ceramic artists are some of the most resourceful people around. I am continually impressed by the myriad tools and studio shortcuts that members of our community come up with to make their lives more efficient. It’s been a while since I have shared… Read More »
I am one of those unusual people who actually doesn’t mind trimming pots. i find something very satisfying about that sharp tool cutting into the clay, especially when it’s timed just right and the clay is at the perfect stage of drying. For many people though, trimming is a bit of a chore.But, whether you… Read More »
If you trim your pottery using a bisque-fired chuck—or even if you don’t—you’ll love the superchuck. The superchuck is a normal bisque-fired chuck for trimming, but a ring of neoprene has been added for grip, and it’s been glued to a bat for easy centering and stability. Watch the video to check out what Tim… Read More »
At some point or another many potters are faced with a conundrum: their creativity goes unchecked and they artfully fashion a beautiful and delicate rim on a pot that they would like to flip over and trim on the potter’s wheel. But flipping the piece to trim will ruin the artfully created piece. A common… Read More »
This weekâ€™s Tip of the Week comes to us from James Rozzi of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Last week we saw a technique for trimming large platters with delicate rims. This week, we tackle trimming delicate narrow-necked bottle forms. Not only is Rozziâ€™s tip a time and energy saver, it may also bring back fond childhood memories!
Today, Sam Hoffman shows us his method for trimming plates with altered rims on the pottery wheel. Altering the circular form of a plate is an exciting means of expression for ceramic artists, but it can also present difficulties at the trimming stage. If the rim of a plate is cut or manipulated into… Read More »