I majored in ceramics in college. For 3 years, I made clay and glazes from scratch, fired gas and electric kilns, learned about the chemistry and history of ceramics, and made lots and lots of sculptures, bowls, pots, dishes, and ransom objects.
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Eventually, everyone who works with clay discovers cool tools for clay, that might not be included in the basic little kits you buy.
As with any medium that you can get completely and totally caught up in and overwhelmed by, clay lends itself to pretty much every tool and technique you can think of.
If you’ve ever taken a clay class, you probably are familiar with the basic tools you need to have, whether you’re hand building, or throwing on a wheel. We’re going to go beyond that now, and see what other ingenious things people are using on their clay.
Cool Tools for Clay
- Using a hacksaw blade, as shown here in a workshop with Michael Wisner.
- Cool! This little tool bevels the edges of your clay slabs at 45, 30, and 60 degree angles.
- These texture rollers for clay look like you could spend days and weeks and months just exploring.
- Maybe you have some scraps of molding lying around, or maybe this will make you want to take a trip to the hardware store. What an awesome idea for shaping pots.
- Brilliance. Cut your whole block of clay at once with this multi slab cutter.
- So simple, yet so useful, these hole punches might end up being the workhorse of your clay studio.
If you are working with clay with kids, check out these adorable tool sets for use with clay or dough: