Tooling is considered one of THE most boring steps in the whole ceramics process. Basically it’s removing the extra clay left on a piece (mainly on the bottom) after it’s been thrown on the wheel. This way you can give it a “foot” to stand on and the fancy shape that you see at the end. You have to wait until the piece is “leather hard” in order to do so: if it’s too moist, you will warp it, if not worse, and if it’s too dry, the excess clay will not be easily removed.
Today I spent most of the afternoon at the studio tooling the pieces I’d thrown last week. As I was working away, chit chatting to my absolutely lovely friend Pilar, she took some pictures of the process and the studio. Tooling was not IN THE SLIGHTEST bit boring with Pilar by my side 😉