My Most Used Pottery Tools
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THROWING & HAND BUILDING:
Mudtools Sponge - White is my favorite, it’s ultra soft and the perfect finishing sponge.
Scoring Tool - Xiem makes a nice one that retracts so you don’t stab yourself when it isn’t in use.
Fettling Knife - For cutting rolled out slabs.
Needle Tool - Nice to fix uneven walls.
Wire Tool - Mudtools makes some that are easy on the hands.
Wood & Metal Ribs - Simple, effective, readily available. I like a nice rounded wood one for the inside of bowls, a sharp pointed wood one to get the skirt of clay off the base of my bat, and a straight metal one for cleaning up the lines on sharp edged pieces.
Regular Round Sponges - Yellow and cheap, best for throwing with.
Rolling Pin, Multiple Thickness Rings - Easy to roll out small slabs with this.
Do All Trimming Tool - Mudtools for the win again. I never use anything else.. this one is inexpensive, easy to use, and works on all kinds of pots.
Red Rib Tool - Smoothes out pots before and after trimming, the straight ones are nice for perfecting slabs too. I like the red the best.
Fan Brushes - For brush on glazes.
Skinny Brushes - For detailed work with glaze.
Fineline Applicator - Pens you can fill with thinned underglaze.
Liquid Latex - Paint it on before glazing, let it dry, and peel it off when you’re done. Better than wax for most glazing purposes, and faster than masking tape.