Announcing the 2nd D.I.Y. Clay Tools Video Contest!

Most potters, at one point or another, move beyond the basic clay tool kit and make specialized tools from scratch. Send us a video of yours!

As you’ve seen over the years on Ceramic Arts Daily, ceramic artists are some of the most creative people out there when it comes to the tools they use. If a tool doesn’t exist to get a particular job done, no problem. A clay person will probably just make what they need. A bunch of MacGyvers, we are.


So, we thought we would bring back our popular DIY Clay Tools contest.  This year we have another fabulous prize from a generous sponsor as well. Digital Ceramic Technologies has graciously agreed to give a brand-spanking-new ceramic printer to the winner (a $6000 value). Read on, for more details!


Also, to get you fired up, in today’s post I am posting the video that won the last time we had this contest. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



The entry deadline is Monday, September 10, 2012, so get out there and start filming!


See all the contest details on our prospectus page!


To get inspired, have a look at the last D.I.Y. Tools Contest winner:


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Robert Balaban makes his own cistom shaped ribs, like the one shown here.

There are so many cool homemade or repurposed tools out there that Ceramic Arts Daily has an entire section devoted to the subject. The “Making Clay Tools” section of the site contains loads of great examples of homemade tools. But wouldn’t it be great if there were more videos there?

That’s where you come in, readers! Enter the D.I.Y. Clay Tools Video Contest for a chance to share your great ideas with the world! You might even win the grand prize, a digital ceramic printer, from our sponsor Digital Ceramic Technologies.

See Robert Balaban’s custom rib making process here!

Visit the “Making Clay Tools” section of Ceramic Arts Daily to see some great homemade tool ideas!


  • Deborah W.

    Potters have some very innovative ideas. Necessity is the mother of invention! So nice to have people share this information! It could be patented and sold! Thanks so much for the great video and the shameless plug.Beautiful bowl by the way.

  • Cynthia L.

    Brilliant! Clear explanation of process..

  • Susan R.

    Loved the video! I do think pottery artist are the smartest people around. They take the time to sit down and think outside the box. When I figure out something on my own I get great satisfaction from it. If I was to do this in the external work place I would be a threat to someone and problem work begin. Keep up the good work and all steam ahead. Out of all this comes beautiful works.

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