Attention makers of wheel thrown pottery! If you have a question about a particular wheel throwing tool, this is the place to look. If you are just starting out and need some guidelines on the tools of the wheel throwing trade, you’ve come to the right place. If you would like to learn how to make your own wheel throwing tools, browse through this collection of articles and resources on throwing 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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Making your own customized ribs is not only a way to help facilitate
your personal aesthetic touches, but, as Robert Balaban puts it, it
“permits creativity to extend from the clay to the tools.” In today’s
post, Robert shares his system for creating custom hardwood throwing
Most potters are drawn to their craft because of the inherent simplicity of taking a piece of nondescript, unformed clay and making from it any one of inﬁnite possibilities of shape and function. There’s something pleasing in that those possibilities never go away, never lessen in spite of the passing of the years, or the intricacies of glaze recipes, ﬁring schedules, kiln repairs and tax forms. Simply put, it’s good to work with basic things with basic talent to make basic things.