Don Goodrich is a studio potter and Potters Council board member who lives and works in Zion, Illinois. For more images and information, visit Don’s page in the Ceramic Arts Daily Galleries.
|The flower pot pictured presented a challenge when it came time for me to trim it. Appropriately enough, I used another flowerpot to support it so the bottom could be trimmed. This technique can be used for platters as well. Suitably sized glass or ceramic pie plates and some foam will support a delicate platter when inverted. With an adequate collection of flowerpots and pie plates, one can save time by not making special chucks for pots with artful rims.|
|Fig.1 A circle of soft foam is cut to fit and placed inside the the pot for padding. This will allow minor adjustments to center and level the pot, but will prevent shifting during trimming.
Fig.2 A flowerpot of suitable size is carefully placed in the pot and centered on the foam pad.
Fig.3 Another bat was placed on top of the flowerpot, and the stack was inverted. Now the flowerpot serves as the base, and it can be held on the wheelhead with clay lugs or a Giffin Grip.
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