Sunday, February 23, 2014


Bamboo Tombo
Japanese pottery gauge
Throwing Ribs
Tombo means dragonfly in Japanese. It's also the name of this very nifty bamboo tool I learned how to make at ceramics school last week. It is a traditional Japanese measuring gouge used for making duplicate cups or bowls on the pottery wheel. It gives you a target width and depth of a bowl when you are making a matching set, which is what I will be attempting to make in my wheel throwing class.
And I wouldn't be me if I didn't decorate all my throwing tools with my wood burning tool, right? :)

18 Lovely Comments:

Blogger Joyce Alice said...

That is a good thing to decorate your tools! Besides making your working environment more beautiful, you won't get your tools mixed up with anyone else's!

2/23/2014 5:21 PM  
Blogger Skulleigh said...

So do you make a new tool for every different sized set you wish to make, or is the tool adjustable in some way?

2/23/2014 5:46 PM  
Blogger julie / said...

you are awesome! i love that you genine-ified your tools. :-) i just started taking ceramics classes as well, so your posts are fun encouragements for me. clay is such a unique medium and so fun!

2/24/2014 2:17 AM  
Blogger cococita said...

Thank you for teaching your audience about this tool: never heard of it before!

2/24/2014 5:20 AM  
Blogger Ro Ribeiro said...

Para decorar vc usou pirógrafo? Mas quero saber que madeira é essa?

2/24/2014 7:30 AM  
Blogger Shelly Porter said...

Beautiful Gennine. There is something so organic and primitive about clay and the making of vessels.I have not done so since some of my college studio classes, but it is an soul-enriching thing to do. I particularly love your little carved thistle plates you had on your blog!

2/24/2014 8:17 AM  
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2/24/2014 9:35 AM  
Blogger joanne said...

I love pottery tools - hand marked or even hand made ones are particularly beautiful.

2/25/2014 1:08 AM  
OpenID curlygirlpress said...

I could have used a tombo back in my day. Oh the yearning I have to be back in wheel throwing class - I'm totally living vicariously through you!

2/25/2014 9:28 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I remember using these years ago when I was being taught pottery. I have a yearning to work with clay again...but oh hold for now. I'll just live vicariously through your clay posts!

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