Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi




Paddle (and anvil):
a) A paddle is a piece of thick heavy wood.
b) An anvil is an oval shaped piece of fired clay, wood or stone.

The paddle is like a bat, it can be with or without a handle and is used to hit a clay wall on one side while on the other an anvil is held to support it. This thins, flattens and compresses the clay, it makes the walls strong and as you work you can build up and form a shape. They are used to flatten out coils.
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