An Intersection of Craft Knowledge: On Textiles in Pottery
I was drying my hands in the pottery studio after throwing mugs when I realized that the towel in my hands wasn’t suited to the task I gave it. A household tea towel—normally up to the task of drying hands in a kitchen—was damp and ineffective on my clay-covered hands, which were wet and dry and wet again every time I changed tasks. This observation led me to consider other places where textiles, cloth and fibre technology are used in a potter’s practice. A potter arrives in their studio wearing “studio clothes,” typically a ratty cotton t-shirt and a pair of jeans. Both of these garments are absorbent, durable, ready for the wear and tear of hard work. Ideally, a potter would wear an apron, too. We can follow a day in the life of this apron to understand the requirements a potter has for day-to-day textile tools.