This is one of the rope-impressed teapots from my last kiln load which I just brought to the gallery. The glaze is Rufus Rust, a tricky mother that needs a buff clay, two thin applications in opposite directions and a firing in moderate reduction to cone 11. It took me about 10 years to figure that out. The cord that I used was a short piece of nylon rope which had its frayed ends subdued with a bit of electrical tape. It would be nice to find some different kinds of rope, with different textures to experiment with, perhaps Kumihimo braids.