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A Brilliant Homemade Tool That Helps Steady the Hands When Throwing Large Pots

Posted On June 30, 2014 3 Comments

Throwing really large pots, and trimming them, is hard work. This is especially true when your pot gets to be several feet tall and you need to keep your arms and hands steady as you stand to finish your pulls. In today’s post, an excerpt from the June/July/August issue of Ceramics Monthly, Jim Wylder shares the tool he invented to lend a helping hand. PS. To see an adaptation to this tool, which can help with even glaze or slip application, check out the June/July/August 2014 issue of CM!- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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The Extruder Video

Posted On April 17, 2014 Comments Off

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Daryl E. Baird draws on his extensive experience working with the clay extruder to demystify this useful piece of studio equipment. A little planning goes a long way, and Baird shares a multitude of tips for creating an efficient workspace and having a high success rate with your extrusions. From installation to making custom dies, Daryl shows how to exploit the efficiency of the extruder and pair it with your own creativity to create exciting ceramic art.

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Low-Tech Tool with High End Results!

Posted On April 16, 2014 1 Comment

Getting the perfect surface on your clay pieces is often a combination of choosing the right materials, smart timing of tasks, and knowing which is the best tool for the job. In today’s post, John Dadmun shows how to make a low-tech sanding tool to help with at least one part of that equation- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Make a Simple Triple Stage Clay Trap

Posted On April 2, 2014 5 Comments

Fixing a clogged drain is hard work and expensive. Making a drain trap is easier and cheaper than you might think. In today’s post, an excerpt from the April 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Raquel and Dan Sobel explain how to make a clay trap from inexpensive and readily available materials. Give it a try in your own studio. It could save you a lot of trouble.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Make a Great Impression: Carving Textured Press Molds and Stamps Out of Insulating Foam

Posted On January 22, 2014 2 Comments

In today’s post, Daryl Baird shows us how to make own stamps or press molds using a great transfer technique and insulating foam. Daryl also shows us how he uses his stamp as a press mold to make tiles.

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Homemade Pottery Tools for Precision from Rim to Foot

Posted On December 23, 2013 4 Comments

Sometimes cutting up your studio tools can reveal all new uses. And taking the extra step to make those tools and experiment with using them, can make all the difference in refining your forms. In today’s post, an excerpt from the January 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Jim Wylder shares two homemade tools that have helped him achieve precision from rim to foot.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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The Power Sieve: Make Short Work of Sieving Glazes and Cleaning Ash

Posted On October 8, 2013 0 Comments
Anyone who is interested in ash glazes knows how tedious the cleaning process can be. And just sieving regular glazes isn’t exactly a picnic either. What if you could build a super-powered sieve to do the work for you?   Well, my dear readers, now you can! In today’s post, a sneak preview from the… Read More »
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Making the Perfect Pottery Tools with the Tools at Hand

Posted On August 26, 2013 11 Comments

Clay tools are a potter’s best friend – especially homemade tools designed to be perfect for specific tasks. Just by doing some creative searching, it’s amazing how many useful tools can be gleaned from around the home. As Deb Oliva explains in today’s post, you can use everything from beads to discarded plastic-wrap boxes to create what you need exactly when you need it. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Save Your Back with an Adjustable Height Work Table

Posted On August 19, 2013 4 Comments

I have a long way to go to make my studio as ergonomic it should be but since I spend more hours behind a desk than behind my wheel it hasn’t been too much of a problem yet.

But if you are spending long hours in the studio, a key part of keeping yourself healthy is working in a position and posture that is comfortable. Since this can very from project to project, an adjustable table is super helpful. In today’s post, Adam Field explains how to make a great one on the cheap.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

p.s. This project is also demonstrated on Adam’s new DVD Precision Throwing and Intricate Carving!

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Shaping Clay with Clay: How to Make Custom Clay Ribs

Posted On January 23, 2013 8 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from the January/February issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Janis Wilson Hughes explains how she makes custom throwing ribs. As a bonus, I’m also posting a video Janis submitted to our DIY Clay Tools contest a while back, in which she explains how to make her, affectionately titled “Bam Bam Stick.”