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How To Make Mugs All The Same Size!

How To Make Mugs All The Same Size!

I received an order for 18 mugs. Geez! Shouldn’t be a hard ask! But I NEVER make anything the same twice! I used to…so they want more…damn!

Anyway, after taking Malcolm Greenwood’s class, I now know how to get mugs consistently the same size with little pain! Firstly, you need to use the same amount of clay – Check out the previous post on how to determine how much clay you need for various pots – Click Here!

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Tombo in a bowl.

Then you need a measurement device. The Tombo, originally created and used in Japan, is the niftiest tool ever! And I made my own, thanks to Malcolm’s class! All you need is a little bamboo, a drill and a wooden skewer- all set!

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Malcolm Greenwood – demonstrating how to make a tomb.

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Drawing of how a tombo works.

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Pieces of the tombo.

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Cutting the bamboo for the tomb.

My version-side view- Tombo.

My version-side view- Tombo.

My version of the Tombo!

My version of the Tombo!

Easy Peasy!  Mine wasn’t as pretty as his, but worked well all the same!  Give it a go!

Happy Potting!

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Written by Marian Williams

7 Comments

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  2. sddonlon · January 16, 2015

    So the tombo really worked? I’ve been trying to throw sets but if I get a pair to match, I’m lucky!

    • Marian Williams · January 16, 2015

      Yes! It works so good! Try it – you’ll amaze even yourself! Thanks for reading!
      all the best,
      Marian

  3. Carol · November 21, 2015

    Brilliant idea! I’ll make one tonight and try it out. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ryan Ramsey · March 11, 2016

    Do you have to use bamboo? Or will another type of wood work? If you have to use bamboo, where can you purchase it?

    • Marian Williams · March 14, 2016

      Hi- you can use any wood- bamboo is really great near water and is easy to carve/work with. Good luck!
      Marian

  5. Barbara · September 17, 2017

    This duty opened my eyes to making cups raised. Thanks

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