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Throwing Tools

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. 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.


Throwing Ribs

Posted On April 28, 2010 0 Comments

Even though our fingers serve as our primary throwing tools,
there are times when a throwing rib does a better job. Ribs are a potter’s best
friend when it comes to defining profiles, wringing out water or adding decorative
touches. In the beginning, actual animal ribs were used for this purpose—and
hence the name—but now contemporary ribs are commonly made from wood, metal,
and plastic.

How to Make Custom Hardwood Throwing Ribs for Your Pottery

Posted On April 28, 2010 20 Comments

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
ribs.

How to Make and Use Bamboo Tools

Posted On November 29, 2008 1 Comment

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.