POTTERY TOOLS FOR THROWING
“Artsup” - 7/98 Manning St, Kingswood, has a limited supply of pottery tools and clay. “Blackwattle”- 20 Stennett Rd, Ingleburn has a wider range of pottery supplies
CUTTING WIRE - these can be made from a length of fishing line (not too fine) with a small sinker attached at each end approximately 65cm long.
A SMALL SPONGE– sea sponges are great, but any other small sponge will do.
A LARGE SPONGE – for cleaning up
A METAL NEEDLE – used for piercing base of pot to determine depth. You can make one by imbedding the end of a thickish sewing needle in a cork.
2 OR THREE RIBS ranging from small to large – used to help create curves in bowls etc. Ribs can be wooden or resin, but a metal one is often handy as well.
A FETTLING KNIFE. This is a very important tool. The knife needs to have a reasonably stiff, straight blade without serrations, not too long -about 6.5 cm.
2 OR 3 DIFFERENT SHAPED TURNING TOOLS
A STRIP OF SHAMMY - ideally approx. 10 -12cm by 3 - 4cm. A strip of strong plastic can be used.
AN OLD TOOTHBRUSH
A PAINT SCRAPER - for getting clay off the wheel
CLAY – earthen ware clay is the best type of clay to begin to learn to throw with because it has larger particles and holds its shape more easily than the much finer stoneware clay. You can get a terracotta coloured clay or white. Terracotta clay is great but has iron and stains clothes more easily. However, it is a great background to so white and coloured slip decorations on. Keanes No7 white clay is suitable for beginners.
You may wish to purchase a couple of bats, and a bat mate, but these are not essential for a beginner.