Posted 23 July 2014 - 12:01 PM
I am curious how others prefer to mark their work. Do you sign with a needle tool? Use a chop or seal! Have a stamp made? What information do you try to convey?
Some of the stamps I've seen used are so small and simple it wouldn't lend a clue for someone who bought it to remember the maker. Do you prefer a simple mark or something more identifiable? Do you use your name, a symbol or both? I know there are as many options as answers to these questions, but I am curious and I would love to see some examples.
Clearly this is also somewhat pointed. I am not fully satisfied with my marking method and I am considering a custom stamp, or more immediately re-carving a soap stone signature chop I had fashioned myself for other purposes.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 12:10 PM
I sign my name with a brush and oxide on the bottom of all my pots.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 12:11 PM
I have a TERRIBLE scribble scrabble signature which is barely consistent. I prefer a small stamp. I'm still learning but I think I'll probably always prefer a stamp if anything. Some of the greats never signed their work and compromised only by signing on the decorative boxes that they sold in. It interferes with the mingei folk-art concept as I am familiar with it.
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 01:09 PM
I have a small stamp for small things.....I write big. But I use a stylus sort of tool for regular signing.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 02:39 PM
Posted 23 July 2014 - 03:18 PM
With a Porcupine quill, it's better than a needle tool, doesn't cut so much and leaves less burrs.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:44 PM
Posted 23 July 2014 - 07:15 PM
I use the butt end of a pro needle tool-its metal and worn smooth.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 08:25 PM
Small pots, biro at trimming time, large pots sign with an ink trailer pen
Posted 23 July 2014 - 08:58 PM
When I sign my work,
I use a needle tool made from a blow gun dart that Michael Hanson made me in April of 1990.
I sign my name and date backwards but put the lbs. and cone temperature on frontwards as well
as any other information. I'm not sure what a stamped signature will mean in 20, 30, or 40 years
from now, if its only initials. I also stain the bottom with black iron oxide to make the information visible.
Its useless if you can't make out the name and/or date.
see you later.
Posted 26 July 2014 - 11:47 PM
Most times I place a small piece of thin plastic bag on top of the pot, then use a dull pencil to sign the pot, and a lead "R" to finish. No burrs with the thing plastic.
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Posted 28 July 2014 - 11:29 PM
i use the back of a small paintbrush or a crochet hook
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