Pottery is an exciting yet meditate hobby (and career!), but it can be overwhelming when you’re just getting started. With so many different tools available, it can be difficult to know where to begin. But it doesn’t need to be difficult and we’re here to break things down for you!
- Pottery wheel: A pottery wheel is the most essential tool for any potter. It allows you to create symmetrical and evenly shaped pottery pieces. Look for a wheel that is easy to use and has a good balance of power and control. A foot pedal also makes things much easier so you can keep you hands on the clay and not a handle.
- Clay: Your next essential tool is clay. There are many different types of clay to choose from, such as earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. Each type of clay has its own unique properties, so it’s important to choose the right one for your project.
- Cutting tools: Cutting tools, such as wire cutters and rib tools, are used to shape and trim your pottery pieces. Look for tools that are comfortable to hold and easy to use. It’s worth noting that, like all metal tools, pottery tools tend to rust if not stored in a breathable pottery tool bag or container.
- Sponges and brushes: Sponges and brushes are used to smooth and finish your pottery pieces. Look for natural sponges and brushes, as they are less likely to scratch or damage your pottery.
- Pottery tool storage: There’s a reason over 1,000 potters and ceramicists across the world love the Soolla Studio Bag. It’s the first pottery tool bag made for potters, by potters.
- Kiln: A kiln is used to fire your pottery, hardening and setting it permanently. If you’re just starting out, you might consider purchasing an electric kiln, as they are easier to use and maintain than gas kilns.
- Glazes: Glazes are used to give your pottery a smooth, glossy finish. There are many different types of glazes to choose from, so it’s important to experiment with different colors and styles to find the one that best suits your needs.
Not so scary any more, is it? 😉 Remember to choose tools that are comfortable to use, easy to maintain, and suitable for your projects. Happy pottering!