- Use a metric ruler for measuring the openings of teapots, etc. It's much easier to get an accurate measurement in mm than in inches.
- When pots are removed from the wheel they often become distorted at the rim. In order to avoid this place a piece of newspaper on the rim and run a finger over it. Air is trapped inside the bowl, allowing it to be moved without distortion.
- Use white tissue paper to transfer a design onto clay. Draw the design with a felt-tipped pen. Lay the paper on the damp pot; the water in the clay absorbs the ink from the design. Remove the tissue carefully to be used for a second transfer.
- Dry clay bowls/tiles on plaster board (dry wall). The plaster board can be easily cut to any size and cleans with a damp cloth. You can also make portable shelves from this material.
- The edges of fired cones make efficient burnishing tools for polishing greenware which will be saw-dust or pit-fired.
- To test a glaze, just dip the bottom of a cylinder in the glaze and fire upside down. This shows how the glaze acts on both vertical and horizontal surfaces.
- An old guitar string makes an excellent wedging wire as it is very strong and will not rust.
- From Dan Severance
- To return a recently thrown pot to the wheel, it must be perfectly centred. To do this, place a thin layer of clay on the wheel. Then measure the base of your pot with calipers. Now mark the clay on the wheel with a circle from the calipers measurement. You now have the perfect spot to set the pot.
- Add a few drops of food colouring to your tub of wax resist so you can see it better on your pots.
- From Linda Lebrun
- Greenbarn www.greenbarn.com
- Pottery Supply House www.psh.ca
- Totally Ceramics www.totallyceramics.com
- Seattle Potters Supply www.seattlepotterysupply.com
- Clay Art Center Tacoma www.clayartcenter.net
- Aftosa www.aftosa.com
- Chinese Clay Art www.chineseclayart.com
- U.S. Pigments www.uspigments.com
- Digitalfire www.digitalfire.com
- Creative Children www.creativechildreneducational.com
- Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody www.pomoarts.ca
- Place des Arts, Coquitlam www.placedesarts.ca
- Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby www.burnaby.ca
- Ceramic Arts Daily www.ceramicartsdaily.org
- CABC www.cabc.net
- Potters Guiild of B.C. www.bcpotters.com
- Fraser Valley Potters Guild www.fraservalleypottersguild.ca
- Arrowsmith Potters Guild, Parksville www.arrowsmithpottersguild.bc.ca
- Richmond Potters Club www.richmondpottersclub.com
- South Vancouver Island Potters Guild www.victoriapotters.ca
- Comox Valley Potters Club www.comoxvalleypotters.com
- The Potters Place, Courtenay www.thepottersplace.ca
- Clay Net, covering groups in the B.C. Interior www.claynet.ca
- Prince George Potters Guild www.pgpotters.ca