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Thursday, January 10


Grooming products are on the rise and many modern men are looking to the classic shaving tools of their forefathers.  There is currently a collection of vintage brushes lined up along our bathroom window sill, however the terrible design of the plastic razors left me wanting.  With this in mind, and finding a handle and brush kit in the Lee Valley catalogue, I ventured to design my own shaving set.  I couldn't resist the beautiful badger hair and the practicality of a razor head built for the standard Gillette Mach 3 blades.  This kit is designed as a woodworking project, but I thought I would try and fit the hardware to ceramic.

Both pieces are hand made.  I made approximately 5 versions of each the razor and brush handle to ensure a perfect form and size.  The clay I use shrinks 13% from wet to final firing, so I have to do the math and size up when I'm fabricating.  It can be tough to hit a perfect fit as there are so many variables when clay goes into the fire.  It's also hard to refine a form to match a pre-existing object when you're working in a scale that is 13% larger.  Make extra.  More is always better.

The brush handle is thrown on a potters wheel out of a solid piece of clay.  I rough out a form with my hands, wait for it to firm up a bit, and finish by using trimming tools to refine the shape in a similar process  to turning wood on a lathe (the rotation being vertical rather than horizontal.)   The razor handle is made by rolling out a coil of clay, cutting it to a desired length, and leaving it to firm up.  When it is at the 'leather hard' stage I use a drill bit to hand drill a hole, and use a rasp/sure form to refine a straight rod form and to rough out a tapered end.  Once bone dry, I'll clean the forms up using various grades of sand paper.  I then fire once to bisque and fire a second time to glaze.  The clay is my preferred white, with my preferred clear glaze.

This set is a prototype.  There are improvements to be made, one being the length of the razor handle.  I quite enjoyed myself and it made for a perfectly manly Christmas gift (though I think ladies will also enjoy shaving with a ceramic razor).


  1. so beautiful I'd love to get my hands on them!

  2. wow ... these are absolutely lovely ! I would certainly love a set myself and can think of many others ... I also despise the look of the plastic razors ! and the waste.

  3. These brushes are awesome !!! Need one such brush... Thanks for sharing this.

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