Pottery Ribs and Scrapers

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Pottery Ribs and Scrapers


Pottery ribs and scrapers are essential ceramic studio tools for shaping and smoothing clay. Wood potter’s ribs are useful for shaping clay while on the wheel, and silicone or rubber rib tools (which can also be used for shaping) are generally used for smoothing and finishing clay pieces on the wheel.


Potter’s throwing sticks are helpful for reaching deep into a piece being worked on where inserting the hand is not possible, which is especially useful when throwing tall or thin pieces such as bottles and thin vases. Made with curves and curls, a stainless steel pottery scraper can be used to add a perfect edge on clay pieces. Use flexible stainless steel pottery scrapers to shape and smooth clay, and also to squeegee away excess water.