What is? FOOT WIPER

FOOT WIPER Occupation. Ovens department. Dipping house.  "I was a foot wiper on Woods and the job involved wiping the dried glaze from that ring on the bottom of the teapot and then placing the completed ware on boards ready to go on the kiln.  The skill, with this job, was not to smudge the [dipped] teapot as you picked it up. I also had to foot wipe flat ware and cups. Now, flat ware was a pain in the a*** unless you had hands like shovels!"   (This potbank occupation was supplied courtesy of Gary Beech, 05 March 2016. Thanks Gary!)