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  • 1) Molds plastic clay into such ware as vases, urns, saggers, and pitchers, as clay revolves on potter's wheel: Positions ball of clay in center of potter's wheel and starts motor, or pumps treadle with foot to revolve wheel.

  • 2) Presses thumbs down into center of revolving clay to form hollow.

  • 3) Presses on inside and outside of emerging clay cylinder with hands and fingers, gradually raising and shaping clay to desired form and size.

  • 4) Constantly adjusts speed of wheel to conform with changing tenacity of clay as piece enlarges and walls become thinner, judging degrees of change by feel.

  • 5) Smooths surfaces of finished piece, using rubber scrapers and wet sponge.

  • 6) Verifies size and form, using calipers and templates.

  • 7) Pulls wire held taut between both hands through base of article and wheel to separate finished piece, or removes piece from wheel to dry.

  • 8) May form saggers only and be known as Sagger Former.




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Job Number: 11178