Potter Ann Ruel says that, although it was the mesmerizing spin of the potter’s wheel that originally drew her in to pottery, she soon felt she needed to break those circular boundaries. So she started altering her pieces into more complex forms.Today, we present a technique Ann uses for making interestingly shaped press molds out… 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.
Space is a valuable resource to most ceramic artists and that includes potters with a tiny space tucked in the basement, students with a single table and chair in a classroom, and community art centers like the one shown here. Reclaiming clay can take over these small spaces—but this tip to make your own movable reclaim table can help.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, potters and ceramic artists are some of the most resourceful people around. I am continually impressed by the myriad tools and studio shortcuts that members of our community come up with to make their lives more efficient. It’s been a while since I have shared… Read More »
The ingenuity of potters and ceramic artists never ceases to amaze me. Time and time again, readers of this very blog have shared tools that they created to make their jobs a bit easier.Dale Savoie is one such reader. Recently he sent me this video that he created in which he explains how he designed… Read More »
The votes are in and I’m pleased to announce that Craig Rhodes is the grand prize winner of our DIY Clay Tools Video Contest! In today’s post, Craig will tell us a bit more about himself and how he plans to use his gift card. Plus we’ll share some images of his work, like the… Read More »
Watch the three finalists in the DIY Clay Tools Video Contest: Joe Dillett, Murry Gans, and Craig Rhodes!
Today, we are happy to present the last finalist in our DIY Clay Tools Video Contest: Craig Rhodes and his oversized splash pan. Plus I have included the other finalists’ videos, for your review. Just scroll down the page! We hope you enjoy these videos as much as we have! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor…. Read More »
Today, we are happy to present the next finalist in our DIY Clay Tools Video Contest: Murry Gans and his homemade extruder. We’ll present the next finalist Friday, July 30. A link to the voting page for the grand prize winner will be posted on Friday July 30, and voting will continue through midnight… Read More »
So, we were right! Our audience is a clever lot. The submissions for the DIY Clay Tools Video Contest are in and they did not disappoint. After much deliberation, we’ve chosen three great finalists. We will present them today; Wednesday, July 28; and Friday, July 30. A link to the voting page for the grand… Read More »
On Monday of this week, I shared a great tip for a measuring device called a Dividing Web. This tool is quite handy for making precise repeated decoration all the way around a pot. So I thought I would follow up with a video of another great tool for dividing round pots up into equal… Read More »