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Tagged:  Throwing Tools


Going Batty: How to Choose the Right Bat for Your Work

Posted On July 16, 2012 3 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from our latest free download Pottery Throwing Tools: A Guide to Making and Using Pottery Tools for Wheel Throwing, Bill Jones,  gives the low down on the wide variety of bats on the market today to help you figure out which on is right for your needs.


Video of the Week: Deb Schwartzkopf Shows us Her Home Made Bat System

Posted On April 13, 2012 7 Comments

If your studio is crowded and shelf space is at a premium, you know what a hassle it is to use all those 12-inch bats for your small thrown pieces. In today’s video feature, Deborah Schwartzkopf demonstrates how she figured out a solution by creating a bat system that utilizes small square bats. Maybe it’s a system that will work for you. Take a look. Catch all the action on Deb’s DVD Pieces and Patterns.


Making Multiples: Using Templates to Throw Uniform Shapes on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On May 2, 2011 12 Comments

I think many beginning potters start out with the goal of making perfect sets of bowls or mugs, but quickly realize that it isn’t that easy to make exact duplicates on the pottery wheel. Today potter Bill Schran explains how he makes and uses templates to throw multiples on the pottery wheel.


7 Useful Tips, Tools, and Techniques for the Ceramic Studio

Posted On December 15, 2010 30 Comments
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, potters and ceramic artists are some of the most resourceful people around. I am continually impressed by the myriad tools and studio shortcuts that members of our community come up with to make their lives more efficient. It’s been a while since I have shared… Read More »

DIY Clay Tools Video Contest Winner!

Posted On August 2, 2010 21 Comments

The votes are in and I’m pleased to announce that Craig Rhodes is the
grand prize winner of our DIY Clay Tools Video Contest! In today’s
post, Craig will tell us a bit more about himself and how he plans to
use his gift card. Plus we’ll share some images of his work, like the
beautiful bowl to the left. Congratulations to Craig, and to runners up Murry
Gans and Joe Dillett.

Examples of egotes (Japanese throwing sticks).

How to Make Ergonomic Pottery Throwing Sticks

Posted On August 2, 2010 9 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from our new free download Pottery Throwing Tools: A Guide to Making and Using Pottery Tools for Wheel Throwing, David explains how to make his ergonomic custom curved throwing sticks.

DIY Clay Tools Video Contest – Finalist 1

Posted On July 26, 2010 26 Comments

So, we were right! Our
audience is a clever lot. The submissions for the DIY Clay Tools Video
Contest are in and they did not disappoint. After much deliberation,
we’ve chosen three great finalists. We will present them today, Wednesday, July 28, and Friday, July 30. A
link to the voting page for the grand prize winner will be posted on
Friday July 30, and voting will continue through midnight (Eastern
Standard Time) Monday, August 2. Watch the video!

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


How to Make a Gauge for Throwing Consistently Sized Pots on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On December 7, 2009 13 Comments

If you’ve ever tried to throw multiple pots of the same size and shape, you know that it’s tough. Sure, calipers can do the trick, but if you are on such a tight deadline that every second counts, it is nice to not have to stop what you are doing to measure. That’s where a throwing gauge comes in handy. Today, Don Adamatis demonstrates how to construct a simple, easy-to-make throwing gauge.

Square Dancing: Creating a Diamond-Shaped Baking Dish with an Undulating Rim on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On June 23, 2009 19 Comments

Today, Dick Lehman shares his techniques for throwing “dancing” baking dishes on the potter’s wheel, a technique inspired by a demonstration at a workshop years ago.