Clay Pipe Maker's Tools

As part of a commission application I was researching I was sent these images of clay pipe maker's tools from the very helpful and wonderful Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester These objects are in the handling collection at MoSI and when I first saw them, apart from being amazed that they were available for me to pick up and handle, I was stuck by what lovely objects they are in their own right; clearly used and made for a very specific purpose though with enough time and distance for that purpose not to be immediately obvious.

They have taken on new meaning for me since moving to a studio on the banks of the Thames and finding bits of broken clay pipe when mud larking.