[Clayart] AUTOMATION -

kathi at lesueurclaywork.com kathi at lesueurclaywork.com
Fri Sep 10 00:36:49 UTC 2021

I don’t object to the clay stamps and rollers that people use. It is how they use them. It seems those tools only become a problem when they are sold by ceramics suppliers. What is the difference between using a gear from a toy for texture or a wood roller from a ceramics supplier that looks nearly the same. I used the top grill of my studio heater to roll out clay and then smash it into a handle. When I replaced the heater I kept that grill. A friend who does whimsical clay took a roller I use, roller it onto a piece of clay cut out a shape, rolled that up, fired it and now had his own unique roller. We all have found things to make texture on clay with. The creative part is how we use them.

Kathi LeSueur

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> On Sep 9, 2021, at 4:58 PM, Carolyn Curran <cncpots2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ah, the everlasting debates we so love to engage in.. art versis craft,
> hand building versus wheel, commercial versus original glazes...
> Adding my own two cents,  I have nothing against the wheel, plaster molds,
> extrusions, even 3D printing as long as the design and the idea come from
> the potter, but  I guess I have a real thing against clay stamps and
> imprinted design rollers which are not designed by the potter using them
> but are manufactured by someone else.   I occasionally  use clay stamps and
> imprints in my work, but  they  are ones which I have designed myself.
> Snobbish maybe, but so be it.   There are wonderful  stamp and roller
> designs out there which are commercially available, but it bugs me that the
> potter is  not the originator of the design he or she uses.   Yes,  some
> potters do creative things using stamps and rollers they have not designed,
> and of course nature has provided many found objects we incorporate in our
> work (like  leaves, shells, flowers, interesting rock textures, etc.).
> Some of my most creative slab work a few years ago was the result of using
> plaster molds  i made of huge elephant ear leaves.  I would roll out a
> clay slab on the mold, selecting one area or/or angle to use in the design,
> and no two were alike.  I had taken something from nature and made it my
> own.   And how many potters  have impressed leaves and other plant material
> into clay and created their own individual form  or treatment ?   Well,
> guys,  who feels  like  adding to this discussion?
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