14" Coiled Cutting Wire

This tool is used to create wavy lines or a shell pattern when slicing a slab of clay or surface of a pot. You can also make zigzag pattern or many impressive patterns by shifting the tools to right and left when slicing the clay. This coil cutting wire is not stretched when new, you can stretch it to a desire width you like. The less stretch you make, the deeper the wave line will be. The wider the stretch you make, the lighter the wave line will be. This tool is 14 inches long and comes in three different coil diameter of cutting wire. The bigger the coil diameter, the wider the lines will be made. The smaller the coil diameter, the narrower the lines will be made.

Slab cut by coil wire; salt fired in wood and oil kiln. By Tim Crane in 1984.

Slab cut by coil wire and hand built by Margaret F. Patterson in 1996.

Photo and materials from :
Pottery Decoration by Thomas Shafer
Inside Japanese Ceramics by Richard L. Wilson 1995
The World of Japanese Ceramics by Herbert H. Sanders
The Japanese Pottery Handbook by Penny Simpson
Shoji Hamada, A Potter's Way and Work by Susan Peterson
The Art of Bernard Leach by Carol Hogben

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