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 »
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.
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 (Eastern Standard… 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 prize… 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 »
Have you ever been using a store-bought throwing rib and thought, “if only this rib was shaped like this…or…like that?” Most of us make do with the standard shapes of ribs in our throwing because the more specialized fancy ribs can get expensive or it just seems daunting to make our own. But, it is… Read More »
Clay people are a clever lot. It never ceases to amaze me how many interesting and innovative tools and techniques ceramic artists come up with to make their processes more efficient or to achieve the end result for which they are aiming. And the great thing is, clay people are always willing to share their… Read More »
If you ever use slip trailing to decorate your ceramic art, chances are, you have had the frustrating experience of slip spitting out from your slip trailer and ruining a perfectly trailed design due to trapped air. In today’s video, ceramic artist Charan Sachar shows us how to make a foolproof and ergonomic slip trailer… Read More »