One of the two most time consuming steps for perfectionists
like myself, trimming consists of placing a partially dried (aka, “leather-hard”)
piece upside-down on the wheel, re-centering it, and removing excess clay
with a variety of “trimming” tools.
Trimming finishes off the physical structure of the piece
and essentially gives it a visual name. Even without firing or glazing,
the pot has a personality all its own.
Two trimming tools and some examples of the clay shavings that they produce when used during the trimming process.