I have come across some very handsome pottery tools over the last few months and thought they are well worth sharing. All hand crafted and art in there own right. I believe using artist tools will inspire the making of artist pots. So here is some inspiration.
Chris Weaver makes charming tools from driftwood and stones he collects near his home in New Zealand. He explains on his website that he moved away from mainstream society to create his pottery, and in doing so also moved away from nearby pottery supply shops, and because of this he came up with his own pottery supplies from his local surroundings, the beaches of New Zealand. You can see his tools and other work here.
Troy Bungart on etsy sells handmade wooden ribs and paddles, he can also customize some tools for you if you send him a design that you would like made up, very handy. Visit his online shop here.
image courtesy of Support your local potter blog
And last but not least these enchanting tools discovered though the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, directed by Jackson Li who is someone I admire. He apparently holds very entertaining workshops, makes beautiful pots, and runs a fantastic ceramic institute in the mountains of china. On top of all this great stuff he makes these tools that I just purchased from his wife Ying, and I can’t wait until they arrive in the post. On the way I have a black squirrel hair driftwood brush, buffalo horn ribs and bamboo harp and comb. They also have deer, goat, pig and rabbit hair brushes (and I am assured that they don’t harm the animals to acquire the hair) you can order yours here or here.