Throwing really large pots, and trimming them, is hard work. This is especially true when your pot gets to be several feet tall and you need to keep your arms and hands steady as you stand to finish your pulls. In today’s post, an excerpt from the Ceramics Monthly archives, Jim Wylder shows how to… Read More »
Making Clay Tools
Ceramic artists are some of the most creative people out there when it comes to their tools of the trade. Nothing is off limits as a potential clay tool and no clay tool has just one use. To prove it, we’ve gathered some of the most clever tips and techniques out there for making your own clay tools. And don't forget to download your free copy of the Clay Workshop Handbook: Knowledge and Techniques for the Pottery Studio. This handy studio reference includes valuable technical references and great clay tools to help you with forming, surface decoration and firing. Plus, it has a comprehensive directory of manufacturers and suppliers that provide ceramic equipment, raw materials, clay tools and ceramic supplies.
Getting the perfect surface on your clay pieces is often a combination of choosing the right materials, smart timing of tasks, and knowing which is the best tool for the job. In today’s post, an excerpt from the May 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, John Dadmun shows how to make a low-tech sanding tool to… Read More »
Fixing a clogged drain is hard work and expensive. Making a drain trap is easier and cheaper than you might think. In today’s post, an excerpt from the April 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Raquel and Dan Sobel explain how to make a clay trap from inexpensive and readily available materials. Give it a try… Read More »
I typically think of trimming chucks as nuclear-cooling-tank-shaped cylinders that vases or teapots are put into for trimming. But Mike Jabbur’s chucks are a bit different. Mike makes tall, narrow chucks that actually fit inside the pots that are being trimmed, thus protecting the active walls of his vessels. Have a look at this excerpt… Read More »
Making impressions in clay is a ton of fun. Making your own stamps makes it even more fun because it allows you to really personalize your work. There are a wide variety of ways to make stamps, and today I am sharing one I thought was pretty nifty. In this post, Daryl Baird shows… Read More »
Sometimes cutting up your studio tools can reveal all new uses. And taking the extra step to make those tools and experiment with using them, can make all the difference in refining your forms. In today’s post, an excerpt from the January 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Jim Wylder shares two homemade tools that have helped him achieve precision from rim to foot.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Ribs are essential tools to any potter and they come in all shapes and sizes. But sometimes, you can’t find a rib that will do exactly what you want it to do. That’s when making your own ribs out of clay can really help. In today’s post, an excerpt from the January/February 2013… Read More »
I am impatient when it comes to centering work on a bat on my banding wheel. But a banding wheel fitted with bat pins could make it easy peasey. In today’s post, an excerpt from the January 2013 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Jim Wylder explains how he retrofitted his banding wheel so that it… Read More »
We get a lot of great studio tips sent to us from readers, and every month Ceramics Monthly publishes some of them in their Tips and Tools section. Readers seem to like them, so we also have been sharing them on the Daily. Here’s our latest installment from potter Janie Varley. Enjoy! – Jennifer… Read More »
I am admittedly terrible at keeping a sketchbook. I know that it would be very helpful for me in developing forms and ideas, but every time I try I just never stick with it. Jeremy Randall showed me another way to sketch that clicks with me a little more – using tar paper, or… Read More »