Phyllis Tilton on tue 30 oct 01
Another use that I have for my Giffen Grip is the triangular marking. The grooves that the parts slide in to hold the pot on center are symmetrical. I mark those on a pot that I want to put handles on for hanging. When I have a pot that has an uneven rim--sometimes 'stretched or pulled clay' or something floral, or curled down--a lip that could be damaged and would not let the pot/vase be leveled. I use a piece of soft foam rubber to rest the pot on, center with the grip and I can do a neat trim. I have a small 'level' tool that is an accessory with this method. The pot can be held in place to make grooves, brush on engobes, slips, underglazes etc. that kind of work is neater for me since I do carve designs and brush on colors often.
The 'Grip' is just another tool--like my beloved microwave oven. I don't do all my baking or cooking in the microwave but it sure is like an extra right hand.(:>) Whatever it takes!
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Anne Wellings on wed 31 oct 01
On Tue, 30 Oct 2001 05:36:57 -0800, Phyllis Tilton
>Another use that I have for my Giffen Grip is the triangular marking. The
>grooves that the parts slide in to hold the pot on center are symmetrical.
>I mark those on a pot that I want to put handles on for hanging.
Yes, and the triangular markings are also good for decorating. They help me
to divide the design area into equal sections in preparation for a
symmetrical repeating pattern. And holding a pot in the grip facilitates
the application of concentric bands of slip or incised lines. When
decorating a large number of pots, this is preferable to holding each one
in place with clay.