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Will Ruggles of Rock Creek Pottery demonstrated this rope impression technique in a workshop at the Penland School in 1989. I wasn't officially in the class, I was a freeloader. I had legitimately taken the previous workshop with Michael Simon and decided to loiter for a few days and peek in on the Ruggles/Rankin workshop. I slept on the couch at the Pines dining hall and sat in on demos for a few days. Different times back then. The rope is a short section of clothesline that is dampened and rolled with as even pressure as you can finesse from rim to center of the pot. Every couple rows there is a need to do a short row because rthe overlap that occurs. The overlapping forms an overall spiral.
A little movie about a little pot! This snippet was taken from a recent live stream on Periscope. I have been playing around with it and another streaming app called Meerkat. If you would like to see more let me know. Follow me on periscope (@klineola) and on meerkat my username is michaelkline. There is a growing number of potters doing their thing on these streams, @timseeclay @shinygbird @redfoxpottery @artbyfuzzy @corisandlerpottery among them. If you stream, leave a comment here with which service you use as well as your username. Now just jam ON it!