Scraping some Safariware bowls. These are first made by layering different coloured clays, and taking a slice. The slice can be pressed into a shape, as I'd done a couple of images back in my profile. They must then be left to firm and harden overnight.
Part of the process of making these bowls is scraping the surface back once the clay is firm. If it was left, then the white clay would be dirty. It's a process which is quite time consuming, especially when compared to simple thrown and glazed work, which, when skilled, can be done relatively quickly.
The tool used to do this is a hard metal kidney, which you can see sitting next to the pot. It's one of the most simple and low-tech tools in pottery, that is astoundingly useful. Scraping at almost a right angle to the surface of the pot will sheer a thin layer off, revealing the clearer striations of clay running through. It is a satisfying, although laborious task. It's a task that will prevent me from making these in any high quantity. I do hope, however, that I'll keep making them far into the future.