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  • Hand Made or not?

    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking for your opinions on this one.

    I make bisqueware (for those who don't know, this is clay that has been fired once and is unglazed). These can either then be glazed and re-fired to make foodsafe or can be painted with acrylics as a decorative item ... depending on the piece.

    I use traditional slipcasting methods which involves pouring liquid clay into (very large and heavy) moulds. After fettling (removing seam lines and sanding down), this is then fired in my kiln.

    I want to put an information sheet on my table when I do my first craft fair in a couple of weeks. My question is "would I be wrong stating that these were 'hand made' by myself"?

    When thinking of hand made pottery items, I always pictured someone sat there with a wheel and throwing clay rather than using liquid clay and moulds.

    I'm guessing that the soap makers and candle makers amongst us also use moulds for some of their items ... is it the same thing .... do you say that they are hand made?

    I'm very confused lol
    Caroline

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    I think you are well within your rights to state your work is handmade! Handmade to me is something made individually buy a person, as opposed to mass produced by machines. There are plenty of crafts that use moulds, a mould is just a tool, using tools doesn't stop things being hamdmade!
    Lucinda x

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    • #3
      I agree with Lucinda. All craftworkers use tools, and a mould is a tool like any other. I assume that you don't use any 'machinery' or automated machinery ( can you call a kiln machinery?) in making your pots.

      I would call pots made on a wheel, hand-thrown. The only time I ever tried one it went all wibbly!
      Primmers
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      • #4
        Primmers just beat me to it - I would have said if it was on a wheel it would be 'hand thrown', yours are definitely hand made. The alternative would be 'machine made' - they don't fit into that category at all!

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        • #5
          Yep Peters right you didn't use a machine to make your pots you used a tool with your hands - i.e. hand made.

          Certainly hand made, bit like restaurants making home made soup, they didn't grow the veg but made it at home, home made.

          Cheers

          Lisa

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          • #6
            Yep, I would agree, definately hand made. Machine made or mass produced implies that it is conveyer belt style production and your work does not fit that description.

            I am a woodworker and use electric chop saws, routers, planers etc... I also make jigs that allow me to speed up some steps of production and allow me to repeat a step accurately every time. But these are all just tools that I use, just like your moulds. It is all still hand made. You don't just push a button and the 'making machine' springs to life! You have to get your hands in there and make each piece happen - to me that is hand made!!

            Just my two-penneth!

            Steve
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            • #7
              I agree with everyone else on here too. Definitely hand made - good luck with the fair.
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              • #8
                Def hand made
                Good luck with the craft fair
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                • #9
                  Yep - handmade and muscles to prove it eh?!!

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                  • #10
                    Thank you to everyone who replied ... I really valued the opinions, I got myself all confused and thinking things way too deep.

                    Originally posted by kipper workshops View Post
                    You don't just push a button and the 'making machine' springs to life! You have to get your hands in there and make each piece happen - to me that is hand made!!
                    Steve ... this did make me laugh ... I really do wish that I could push a button and the 'making machine' comes to life (as I'm sure that a lot of us do at times) ... it would make things much easier for me as some of the moulds are very very heavy indeed, especially when full of slip.

                    Sugar & Spice .... Not sure about the muscles, but my arms constantly ache from lifting moulds. I have a very bad habit of lifting smaller moulds with one hand ... I forget that even though I can get my hand around them they are still heavy :-( lol
                    Caroline

                    You don't need talent to be artistic you just need patience!

                    www.potterdoodledoo.co.uk

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                    • #11
                      How about 'hand-crafted'? I think it sounds better than handmade anyway.
                      Helen

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                      • #12
                        that one sounds even better.

                        Thanks :-D
                        Caroline

                        You don't need talent to be artistic you just need patience!

                        www.potterdoodledoo.co.uk

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by littlesnuggler View Post
                          How about 'hand-crafted'? I think it sounds better than handmade anyway.
                          That's what I tend to use. I put a little sticker on each candle saying hand crafted in Scotland - don't know just think crafted sounds nicer!

                          Cheers.

                          Lisa

                          Bowed Over
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                          • #14
                            I always say mines hand crafted as i know most of my items are not hand made



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                            • #15
                              yeah hand-crafted sounds more chic ...

                              Mary
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