Thoughts from Stephen

Trimming on wet clay chuck

I use a wet clay chuck to trim all thrown pots that require a cut foot on the bottom. When I was a beginner in 1965 at the University of Iowa a Japanese potter (Sakuma) demonstrated throwing and trimming. The fellow used a wet clay chuck for trimming every piece that needed inverting. I did not catch on to how important this was until years later. It was after I received my MFA from Alfred and heavily into production in the mid-70s that I began to trim every piece on a wet clay chuck. Trimming had been experienced as a task–drudgery. I did not enjoy trimming, at all; until that is I began using a wet clay chuck. From that moment on trimming became enjoyable–fun.