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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.

A New Squeeze: Old Glue Bottles Make Great Clay Studio Tools

Posted On June 9, 2008 0 Comments

Paveen Chunhaswasdikul repurposed an empty glue bottle to come up with this all-in-one tool to use when adjoining two pieces of clay.

Low-Tech Silk Screens: An Easy Way to Repeat Images on Ceramic Art

Posted On May 21, 2008 2 Comments

Today’s feature comes to us from Ceramic Arts Daily subscriber C.A. Sanger of Waterville, Kansas. She was inspired to send this technique when she read Brad Menninga’s article “Making Custom Silk Screens for Ceramics,” which ran a couple of weeks ago. Sanger offers this tip as a way to make simple silk screens with inexpensive materials you might already have around the house or studio. Be sure to try combining this process with the technique explained in Susan Kotulak’s feature “From Flat to Round: Screen Printing Glaze Patterns onto Pottery.” I am sure it will open up new creative directions in your work!

Tip of the Week: Make Your Own Hydrometer for Glazing Success

Posted On April 11, 2008 1 Comment

In this week’s Tip of the Week, potter Mea Rhee of Silver Spring, Maryland, tells us how to make a homemade, low-tech hydrometer for the clay studio. Whether you go high-tech or low-tech, a hydrometer can help you achieve consistent results when glazing!

Instant Damp Cabinets: An Easy Way to Dry Your Pottery Slowly

Posted On February 22, 2008 3 Comments

Following Wednesday’s newsletter, we received an inquiry on damp cabinets or damp boxes. This reader had never used a damp cabinet and wondered where she could get one. Well, she probably doesn’t have to look very far. Chances are she already has the materials to make one right in her studio. Michael Bossin of Sharon, Massachusetts, offers this simple suggestion for a damp box:

Tip of the Week: Bright Idea for a Work Surface

Posted On February 1, 2008 0 Comments

Today, potter Andi Fasimpaur shares a great tip for an inexpensive work surface for handbuilding. Plus, we’ll give you a couple of other great tips for the pottery studio.