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
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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:
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.