Well I'm cleaning up my Executive briefcase in preparation of back to school days. After I washed the assembled tools I looked at them in three different groups- throwing, trimming and handling.
The ribs especially the flexible ones are important to a guy that is interested in round bulbous forms. I spend a lot of time in the shaping during the throwing process. I hate to admit it publicly but I don't like throwing. It is too messy! I can hardly wait for Day #2 to begin the trimming and handling. Because I trim at cheese soft I like my Dolan tools dulled by years of trimming tons and tons of clay.
I also have a small collection of Dolan knives. I know it's crazy to use $15 knives when I could use a cheap one for a buck or two. I think it is a consistent line of thought. If you think people should know the difference between a more expensive handmade mug and a cheap mass produced one then you should set an example. I do like the look of the wooden handle and the feel of it in my hands. I sell good quality and like to think that is what I surround myself with.
12 years at Sheridan. I do enjoy the students. They have pushed me to write, to get an MFA, to keep trying to be better. I really owe the students a lot.