Pourers tall to small, simple vessels thrown and spouted on the wheel before having their bases trimmed the following day once leather hard, the second photograph shows the bottom of one of these. I press my mark in carefully, as not to indent the base too much, rocking the stamp from corner to corner as opposed to just pressing it in straight, this ensures a good relief comes out. Very occasionally, when pushing the mark in, it’ll go straight through the bottom leaving a little rectangular hole and a ruined pot, unless it’s possible to patch it up, which it is sometimes. It’s surprising what you can fix when making pottery and one thing that got be better at doing so was teaching. I taught evening classes for three years at Maze Hill Pottery to eight students at a time and of course, pots being ruined by trimming holes through their bases, handles deforming mugs and vessels flying off the wheel are all common occurrences. Fixing these quickly becomes part of the job and I’m glad I had the chance to experience that as it has been useful. Be it attaching new bases to pots to repair holes, throwing replacement lids, rims and even fillings holes in the walls of pots. I think potters do all of these more than they might let on, albeit rarely, sometimes the thought of throwing a replacement for a damaged pot is the last thing you want to do come the end of the day.
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