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to ivor and vince re: looking for roulettes, brayers, wood blocks

updated wed 12 apr 06


Vince Pitelka on tue 11 apr 06

Rita Shaw wrote:
> Evidently you both do not need to use any tools other than those you
> can make personally.

Dear Rita -
You have nothing to gain by extrapolating to that extent. Of course I use
all sorts of commercially made tools. That has nothing to do with this
discussion, because I was specifically referring to potters making their own
pattern or texture rollers and stamps. That's a very specific category. As
I pointed out, anyone can make some of their own tools, and it is so
satisfying to do so. And it happens that bisque rollers and stamps are
among the easiest tools to make. Give it a try. You will love making and
using them, and once you have done so, I can guarantee that you will no
longer buy someone elses patterned stamps and rollers. There's a complete
explanation of how to make bisque stamps and rollers in my book.

Please, Rita, don't stretch my words and meaning so far out of proportion.
I stated my message very clearly. My intentions are the best, and I said
nothing in my message to offend or upset you. It was offered as a helpful
suggestion, as is the paragraph above.
Best wishes -
- Vince

Vince Pitelka
Appalachian Center for Craft, Tennessee Technological University
Smithville TN 37166, 615/597-6801 x111,