Pottery Books and Tools

The following are some great tools & books that would be welcome additions to any potter’s studio.
You can click on any image to see a more thorough description and some reviews.

The tools below are all very useful and I found some great prices. I thought I’d let you all know about them.


Smooth Wooden Paddle

Scoring Tool

Fondont Rolling Pin Set of 8:
Perfect for embossing and making textures on slabs

Trimming tools:
A set of various angles to trim wheel thrown pots

Needle Tool:
I promise you'll want more than one of these in your studio.

Wooden Paddle:
Used for texturing and altering shape

Hole Maker:
Set of varoius sizes

For mouth spraying glaze and oxides/stains

Metal Ball Modelling Tool:
Belly out cylindars with the large ball, press ball into clay for texture, create eye sockets and more.

Throwing Metal Ribs:
You can never have too many, each of these can help contour your pot as you use it to both throw, compress and clean slip from your work. There are many uses for these metal ribs.

Wooden Throwing Ribs:
Various shapes to use to contour and compress your pots on the wheel.

Glazing Tongs

Clay/Cookie Cutter Set

Circle Clay Cutter Set

Flower Clay Cutter Set

Maple Leaf Clay Cutter Set

Circle Clay/Cookie Cutter Set - more pieces

Heart Clay/Cookie Cutter

Set of 4 Texture Mats

Set of Embossing Texture Mats

Texturing Ribs:
Make great textures on clay

Set of Rectangular Clay Cutters:
Great for adding texture to cut out and add as in appliqué or to add text to cut out and then add as appliqué ( same for oval set, and square set )

Set of Oval Clay Cutters

Set of Square Clay Cutters

Colour in Glazes:
Linda Bloomfield has created an understandable read on how chemicals interact with each other and why one glaze base will make purples while another glaze base will go blue/green. If you want to get a handle on glazing 'know how', this is a good resource.

Mastering Cone 6 Glazes:
John Hesselberth and Ron Roy. Another MUST HAVE in any library for potters interested in understanding cone 6 ( mid-fired ) glazing. Some great stable base recipes that you can use as a jumping off point.

Mastering the Potter's Wheel:
Ben Carter is a studio potter who has created a really wonderful thoughtful book with great images on throwing pots. It is also a very enjoyable read along with being very informative. A great addition to any collection.

The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes:
John Britt has become one of the 'glaze chemistry gurus' of pottery. He has written many books and his use of plain English, in both his writings and his teaching style is very understandable and approachable. If you are interested in glazes for mid-fired clay cone 6, this is a must have resource.

Simon Leach's Pottery Handbook:
Simon Leach comes from a lineage of great potters has been instrumental in bringing the studio potter's practice to the online world with his many youtube videos. This is a great how to, illustrated, step by step book for the beginner potter and beyond.

Pinch Pottery:
Susan Halls knows that hand-building starts with pinch pots, and this book gives a contemporary exploration of the ancient method

Setting Up Your Ceramic Studio:
And if you are wanting to set up your own studio, this book gives some great ideas and important things to think consider about flow.

A Potter's Book:
Bernard Leach has written the quintessential bible for potters. When you talk about a Potter's Bible, this is what folk mean. This now famous book was the first treatise to be written by a potter on the workshop traditions handed down by Koreans and Japanese from the greatest period of Chinese ceramics in the Sung dynasty. It deals with four types of pottery: Japanese raku, English slipware, stoneware and oriental porcelain. With its help, potters can learn how to adapt recipes for pigments and glazes, and designs of kilns, to local conditions.

Clairy Illian - A Potters Workbook: n A Potter's Workbook, renowned studio potter and teacher Clary Illian presents a textbook for the hand and the mind. Her aim is to provide a way to see, to make, and to think about the forms of wheel-thrown vessels; her information and inspiration explain both the mechanics of throwing and finishing pots made simply on the wheel and the principles of truth and beauty arising from that traditional method.
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