[Clayart] Elephant ear sponges

Terry Lazaroff terrylazaroff at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 19:32:43 UTC 2021


Hi Dorothy;

Sounds like you have a nice sponge.  Elephant Ear sponges are becoming rare.  I believe there is a ban in many parts of the world, on harvesting sea sponges. 

I use mine sparingly.  If you can live with it as a show piece, good.  

Terry

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> On Feb 18, 2021, at 1:01 PM, Dorothy Parshall <dorothyp at whidbey.com> wrote:
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> Oh, Dear! I went to Tucker’s site and looked at sponges. What a bore! A bit of leather/chamois does fine for rims/smoothing. I find the cheap round sponges fine for lots of things. Have not been able to find decent clean up sponges in the hardware stores for a while; will keep looking. 
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> BUT, the other day, poking around in the chaos, I found I had a nice fat sea sponge! What a treat! The texture is wonderful. The appearance is terrific. And I remember having small thin ones that were perfect in every way. This found sponge has a place of honour. It is attractive and wonderfully useful. I decided I want more like that.
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> But, if Tucker’s does not have them? Maybe, I wondered, they are endangered???? Lots of sea sponge sites for facial use and more. I did not find info on whether they are endangered. I will look some more. 
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> But I certainly prefer them for any use - other than rough clean ups - to those plastic looking things by Mudtools! Esthetics counts for something. Or, it is “what I grew up with”? And, I admit, I did not miss them until I found this handful sized one that gave me pure delight in the mere finding of it. 
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> Dorothy, in Quebec and Ontario - thankful not to be in Texas!
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>> On Feb 18, 2021, at 7:19 AM, <vpitelka at dtccom.net> <vpitelka at dtccom.net> wrote:
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>> I'd like to second John Post's message about the Mudtools sponges.  The flat kidney shape is very versatile.  They come in a fine (white), medium (gold), and coarse (blue) texture fine.  These sponges hold up well over time, and all three are useful in the studio.  Mudtools gave me a set when I was writing my column for Clay Times, and they have held up well for ten years.  The white one is the finishing sponge that John mentioned, and at the Mudtools website, they say that it "won’t pull out grog or other materials in the clay body. Think of it like a chamois sponge."  That is an accurate description.  
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>> You can buy them separately, or the set of three is $15 at the Mudtools website or on sale for $12 at "the Ceramic Shop" online.  Just Google "Mudtools Sponge Set" and you'll find the best deals.  
>> - Vince
>> 
>> Vince Pitelka
>> Professor Emeritus of Art/Ceramics
>> Appalachian Center for Craft
>> School of Art, Craft & Design
>> Tennessee Tech University
>> Now Residing Chapel Hill, NC
>> vpitelka at dtccom.net
>> www.vincepitelka.com 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> On Behalf Of John Post
>> Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 4:56 PM
>> To: Clayart international pottery discussion forum <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
>> Subject: Re: [Clayart] Elephant ear sponges
>> 
>> Hi Carolyn,
>> 
>> You might like the finishing sponge made by Mud Tools.
>> It is a soft, smooth white sponge. I use one to throw with and in place of a chamois when it comes to finishing the lips on pots. 
>> 
>> Here’s a link to it...
>> https://www.baileypottery.com/c-095-spw.html
>> 
>> John Post
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>>>> On Feb 17, 2021, at 1:45 PM, Carolyn Curran <cncpots2 at gmail.com> wrote:
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>>> Am I the only one?  I have recently  purchased 3 or 4 elephant ear sponges  of different sizes from separate suppliers, and they are more like elephant tusks than soft and supple sponges.  I have soaked them for days, can’t think of anything which will help.  A  petty complaint, perhaps, but annoying.
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>>> Well, perhaps I exaggerate a bit about the elephant tusk similarity…..
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>>> Cheers, all, Carolyn
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