Amy Lee’s Top Tools & Links!

This is an evolving list of favorites, must-haves, and wish-list items! Check back for additions!

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The Basics:

Multipurpose Clays are those that can be used either for Handbuilding or Throwing successfully. My criteria for ‘good’ clays are those which also vitrify very well for functional use at my final glaze firing temperature range – cone 6-7. If clay is not vitrified – it will not hold liquids well (regardless of the glazes applied). I desire clays that have an absorption measurement tested by me in my kiln practices at 2.5% or less. Ideally I look for 1.0% or less in manufacturer absorption numbers and then I test this in my practices.

Clay Mid-Range Favorites –   

White: Standard 240G
Speckled Brown: Standard 112 or Laguna 60
Darker Reddish Brown: Standard 710 (sometimes bloats closer to cone 7) or Laguna 90

Kiln Considerations

Check your electrical capacity first on the building (or home circuit)! Use a certified electrician for all electrical work. Kilns get hot (really hot!) and you don't want this heat affecting any of the wiring used to make it work!

This is a decent beginner kiln - https://amzn.to/3ByDWDu L&L brand kilns are my favorites. Skutt also I like. (I’ve had/tried: Bailey, Skutt, L&L, ConeArt, Gas, Woodfire, Salt/Soda fire, and Raku kilns and recommend starting in the Low (cone 05/06 glaze firing temp range) to Mid (cone 6-8 glaze firing temp range) electric firing for all beginning studio setups then growing from there into other alternative and atmospheric firing methods.

 

Starter Tools:

Rolling Pin – ideally 3” diameter barrel – single piece hardwood - https://amzn.to/3ByCv82

Needle Tool - https://amzn.to/3eJfJR6

Rib - https://amzn.to/3BGdkAO

Sponges - https://amzn.to/3iIHbjs

Water Bottle - https://amzn.to/3rqUEjE

Apron – I like the longer style linen cross back best but split leg is great too!

Black: https://amzn.to/3kRaqTT Yellow: https://amzn.to/3hUE3S6

Blue: https://amzn.to/36V1DYE

Hand Towel - https://amzn.to/2VZnT1h

Balance Scale (for accuracy of sets) - https://amzn.to/3mLUJxT

Digital Scale in grams and ounces - https://amzn.to/3w8RJym

For Handbuilding:

Clay: Standard 240G, Laguna 60, or Laguna 90 – depending on clay color desires at final firing

2x2 birch plywood boards - https://amzn.to/3zq3m4C

Fun Foam Roll - https://amzn.to/3zqjzXr 

Fettling knife https://amzn.to/3wWChUT

Birch slats or Rolling-pin with depth gauges –

  https://amzn.to/3zr3dOo or this with a rolling pin https://amzn.to/3hXMw73

Adjustable Rolling Pin - https://amzn.to/3BDjrED

Needle Tool - https://amzn.to/3eJfJR6

Retractable Ball-ended Needle Tool - https://amzn.to/3zvFkFr

Wire-cutting tool - https://amzn.to/3zrtxaU

Plastic wide putty knife - https://amzn.to/3kZc2Lp

Serrated Rib - https://amzn.to/3eKU3UY

THE BEST Serrated Rib - https://amzn.to/3nVoMSK

Retractable Scoring Tool - https://amzn.to/3BpXs5j

Red Rubber Rib - https://amzn.to/2UCEVSG

Yellow Rubber Rib - https://amzn.to/3iEhwYR

Sculpture Tools – https://amzn.to/3GIRfE1

Rubber Tipped and Wooden - https://amzn.to/2TuiT41 and https://amzn.to/3x2T9JE

Textures – Look for rubber/silicone mats as best options for textures – allows slab to stay flat when texturing and doesn’t add a significant curve to the clay like textured rolling pins do. This effects curling and warping of clay when drying and during firing. Some favorites:

         https://amzn.to/3Btz5DD Pebbles

         https://amzn.to/3eNyOSt Fleur de Lis - ish

         https://amzn.to/2UHfHCu Bark

         https://amzn.to/3hXoE3x Tree

         https://amzn.to/3eKzb01 Aligator Skin

         https://amzn.to/3zttMSL Lace

         https://amzn.to/3eMJJLZ Honeycomb

         https://amzn.to/3hZSapv Butterflies and Dragonflies

         https://amzn.to/36V55T6 Trees

         https://amzn.to/3BFsMNF Turtles

         https://amzn.to/36V1kx6 Muti syle flat handrollers

 

Finishing Sponges - https://amzn.to/3iIHbjs

Hand Roller/Wood Brayer - https://amzn.to/3Buz7eC

Sureform Clay Shredder Tool and replacement blades –

Tool:  https://amzn.to/3ivtggc

Blades: https://amzn.to/3eLgh94

Squirt bottle mister - https://amzn.to/3eNpIoB

Retractable Knife Set - https://amzn.to/3eNBgZb

Clean-up tool - https://amzn.to/2UCxbA4

Bevel Cutter - https://amzn.to/2V9Gojq

Hole Cutters - https://amzn.to/3kM0sTG or https://amzn.to/3wSXDTf

Splurge – slab roller or extruder - https://amzn.to/2W1Sc7w

Bevel clay cutter - https://amzn.to/3waZpjM

Nice set of starter texture rollers - hand rollers - https://amzn.to/3waBiS6 

Retractable Scoring Tool - https://amzn.to/3pW1xea

Rubber Nubby Tools - https://amzn.to/3GIRfE1

Fettling Knife - https://amzn.to/3BEtaL4

Mudcutter (cheese knife style) - https://amzn.to/3mCE8w8

Paddling Set - https://amzn.to/3byCdlR

Detail Roller - https://amzn.to/3BHf3V0

Textures including mermaid hand roller with stamps on ends - https://amzn.to/3bHoyJf

Compass and Calipers - https://amzn.to/3nSILld

Adjustable Clay Cutter (for circles) - https://amzn.to/3k14Nkq

Tiny metal ball tool sets (Embossing Tools) - https://amzn.to/3nSJUcv

Colorful embossing tools - https://amzn.to/3q2aFhq

Banding Wheel - https://amzn.to/3nR1Ioq

 

For Wheel Throwing:

Clay – I like Laguna 60 speckled stoneware, Laguna 90, Laguna 65 white stoneware, or Laguna 16 Porcelain for throwing.

Wheel – The “I’m really into this wheel” - https://amzn.to/2TulQS9

The “Just playing/getting started/practicing wheel 4 small spaces” - https://amzn.to/3xYjWbp

Wire-cutting tool - https://amzn.to/3zrtxaU

Wire-cutting tool - https://amzn.to/3BJJyJX

Needle tool - https://amzn.to/3eJfJR6

Clay Knife - https://amzn.to/3kKXIpn

Finishing Sponges - https://amzn.to/3iIHbjs

Metal Ribs - https://amzn.to/3eNE3BD

Red Rubber Rib - https://amzn.to/2UCEVSG

Yellow Rubber Rib - https://amzn.to/3iEhwYR

Ultimate Edger- https://amzn.to/3iFQv7o

Chamois - https://amzn.to/2Uw4Tr6

Buy a bunch of this sized bats - https://amzn.to/3nSqCUz

Studio Pro Bat System or Wonder Bat System and/or many Speedball Plastic Bats in various sizes – Wonder Bat: https://amzn.to/3x2WVm9 Speedball: https://amzn.to/3iGT7Cb

Bison Trimming Tools (Best of the Best! http://bisonstudios.com/) or Other High Quality Multi-Purpose Trimming Tool: https://amzn.to/3wSR56Y

Multi-purpose Trimming Tool –  https://amzn.to/3kMmPII

Multi-purpose Trimming Tool - https://amzn.to/3mCD9fq

Lid Master Calipers - https://amzn.to/3kKFp3L (Buy 2 you will thank me!)

Fluting Tool - https://amzn.to/3CH7JdA

Bowl Forming Tool - https://amzn.to/3nTXpZy

For bowl forming and shaping - https://amzn.to/3k0qTnv

Regular Calipers (I Don’t Like this Style as much) - https://amzn.to/2YekuNM

PVC Pipe for Plate or Flat Shape Making 16-18” long works well, but make sure this will fit with your hands on it inside your splash pan if not removing pan - https://amzn.to/3q2vqcz

Colorful fidget spinner for trimming - https://amzn.to/3GOrFxm

Psychedelic Light-Up Fidget Spinner for Trimming - https://amzn.to/3nVoMSK

THE BEST Serrated Rib - https://amzn.to/3nVoMSK

Banding Wheel - ​​https://amzn.to/3nR1Ioq

Throwing Stick (wooden) - https://amzn.to/3EONVp6

Bendy Throwing Stick - https://www.xiemtoolsusa.com/Potters-Wand-II_p_307.html

Multi-sponge on a stick - https://amzn.to/3CS8ekU



For carving clay:

Carving Tools - https://amzn.to/3hXS1CJ  and https://amzn.to/3kGtp3k

Best of the Best - http://bisonstudios.com/

Conical Shredder Rasp Tool - https://amzn.to/3nQZuWa

 

For finishing clay surfaces (unfired and fired):

Green Scrubbies - https://amzn.to/3ByNPRA

Block/Flat Diamond Sanding Pads - https://amzn.to/2UDLynJ

Flexible Diamond Sanding Pads - https://amzn.to/3kLXfmU

Grinding stone - https://amzn.to/3iA7ZlL

Finishing stone - https://amzn.to/36TUKXz

 

For Sgrafitto/Mishima Decoration:

Carving Tools - https://amzn.to/3hZ5JW2

Drill Bits - https://amzn.to/3kL5mQU

Dowel Rods - https://amzn.to/3eKDxEy

Comfort grips - https://amzn.to/3kKnhqJ

Wax Resist – 16 oz: https://amzn.to/3zrosPQ 1 gallon: https://amzn.to/3BpH8l3

Underglazes – starter colors (mixable for other color options too)

Amaco –      Black - https://amzn.to/3BFfRLF

                     White - https://amzn.to/3zmYm0s

                     Red – https://amzn.to/3eHxjoz

                     Blue – https://amzn.to/3iBDY54

                     Yellow – https://amzn.to/3iIBfXI

                     Green – https://amzn.to/3kLFoMU

                     Purple – https://amzn.to/3zqVHDa

                     Orange – https://amzn.to/3iG19Lk

                     Pink - https://amzn.to/2V7lZLv

Speedball -  Black - https://amzn.to/2V7lZLv

                     White – https://amzn.to/3kGdnGG

                     Red – https://amzn.to/3hUTXfq

                     Blue – https://amzn.to/3rAHAZe

                     Yellow – https://amzn.to/2UYMG5b

                     Green – https://amzn.to/3zoCmST

                     Purple – https://amzn.to/3rv5OUM

                 Orange – https://amzn.to/2WbwluD

                     Pink - https://amzn.to/3iAV4A6

Splurge:

Jig for cutting holes in dowels - https://amzn.to/3kKqM0l

with drill press - https://amzn.to/3hWzQgQ

 

For Cuerda Seca Decoration:

Wax Tool -  https://amzn.to/3BySYZZ

1 ounce bottle 4 colors multi-tips set - https://amzn.to/3rvcFND

Luer Lock Squirt Bottles - https://amzn.to/3xYonD5

Luer Lock Bottle Caps - https://amzn.to/3xTVgRj

4 ounce Bottles with tips included - https://amzn.to/3wTO5qR

Headpins - https://amzn.to/2V86oeH

Blunt Luer Lock Applicator Tips - https://amzn.to/3iw34SQ (Figure out your favorite tips from this set then buy that gauge – my favorites are: 14-20 gauge for most ceramic application needs and I use 18 and 19 gauge 1/2" long primarily for all slip-trailing)

Glazes – recommend picking at least 5 favorite colors to start – For Mid-Range Cone 5-7 Firings I use Clayscapes Brooklyn Line available on my website amyleepottery.com. For low-fire – order Cone 05/06 Amaco glazes in many colors.

 Jensen global Arts and Crafts Kit Here.

 

For Watercolor Decoration and Layering:

Underglazes (see above for options)

Mayco Stroke and Coats - https://amzn.to/3x1gE5T

Fine Paint brushes - https://amzn.to/36TjYFt

Mudtools sponges - https://amzn.to/3iIHbjs

 

For Safety:

For face masks - there are tools online to make sure proper fit for your face size and shape. If the mask doesn’t fit correctly - it doesn’t work correctly.

3M P100 Face Mask (Large) - https://amzn.to/3BHf3V0

3M P100 Face Mask (Medium) - https://amzn.to/3CIiJXU

3M P100 Face Mask (Small - mask only - buy cartridges separately) - https://amzn.to/3bC5rAo

3M P100 Face Mask Replacement Cartridges for above mask styles - https://amzn.to/2YejwkC 

3M P100 Disposable Face Mask - https://amzn.to/3nSmYdl

3M P100 Face Mask Set with Multi P100 Cartridges - https://amzn.to/3mEek2T

Up to Wrist Gloves - https://amzn.to/3CBE3ym

Up to Elbow Gloves - https://amzn.to/3CJryRi

Fire Resistant Gloves - https://amzn.to/3bz1Ran

Flame resistant suit - https://amzn.to/2ZMrrWw

Fun flame resistant suit (XL) - https://amzn.to/2ZMrrWw

Fun flame resistant suit (L) - https://amzn.to/3bxw7T0

Spacey fire-proof suit - https://amzn.to/3k0M7Bq

Split Heavy-Duty Apron - https://amzn.to/2ZWzznP

Another good apron - https://amzn.to/3w8MwXw

Amy’s preferred apron style - https://amzn.to/3q0n0Tb

Must have pockets apron - https://amzn.to/3wb6AIz

Another Apron I like (lightweight) - https://amzn.to/3nUSDe3

Show apron - https://amzn.to/3k1pPj4

Jumpsuit Style Apron - https://amzn.to/3nYwbRE


For glazing/My Favorite Glazes:

Hake Brushes - https://amzn.to/3iTo4Dp

Mayco Fan Brushes – Like These: https://amzn.to/2V2ayow or these: https://amzn.to/2UHetap  I Like the #8 the best for glaze application.

Clayscapes (Zinc Free) Crystal Clear: https://amyleepottery.com/products/clayscapes-pottery-signature-line-glaze-crystal-clear?_pos=1&_sid=b859cba4c&_ss=r

Clayscapes Cream: https://amyleepottery.com/products/clayscapes-pottery-signature-line-glaze-cream?_pos=1&_sid=f4f04d7fd&_ss=rhttps://amyleepottery.com/products/clayscapes-pottery-signature-line-glaze-cream?_pos=1&_sid=f4f04d7fd&_ss=r

Clayscapes Brooklyn Line Bright Colors Cone 6 Glazes: https://amyleepottery.com/search?type=product&q=brooklyn+line

Clayscapes Signature Line Potter’s Choice Cone 6 Glazes – Layer for Effects!

Mixing Tool Attaches to Drill - https://amzn.to/3w99I83

Mouth Sprayer (DO NOT USE THIS WITHOUT WEARING A 3M PINK P100 MASK OR COMPARABLE FILTER!) - https://amzn.to/3CHXgyj

Measuring Cup Set - https://amzn.to/3q3sFb8

Measuring and Pouring Cup Set - https://amzn.to/3wepfmT

Glaze Mixing Accuracy Scale (0.01g accuracy and up to 5000g) - https://amzn.to/3BDjMqT

Another good glaze Mixing Scale - https://amzn.to/3EEbYXN

Scale Calibration Weights - https://amzn.to/3mEhW4L

Scale Calibration Weights (larger weights) - https://amzn.to/3mCHBe8


Everything Glaze Mixing Instructions: https://www.amyleepottery.com/glaze

 

Make Your Own Glaze Recipes: https://www.glazy.org – WARNING! Take a glaze chemistry class before embarking on making your own glazes – there are a LOT of factors you need to learn in particular to be compliant with USA regulations for dinnerware producers when it comes to glazes!!

 

Must have books and reads:

         Mastering Cone 6 Glazes - https://amzn.to/3iAWYk1

         The Complete Guide to Midrange Glazes - https://amzn.to/3Bvx4GZ

         Functional Pottery - https://amzn.to/3hWNh0g

         The Potter’s Dictionary of Materials and Techniques: https://amzn.to/3eHYAXZ

         Printing on Clay - https://amzn.to/3rt8BgS

 

Kilns, Furniture,  and Cleaning:

Top Kilns for Hobby Potters:

Skutt KM1027 https://skutt.com/products-page/ceramic-kilns/km-1027/

L & L e23T-3 Pottery Kiln https://hotkilns.com/kilns/e23t-3-pottery-kiln Upgrade to Type S Thermocouples and Solid State Relays!

Kiln Furniture Starter Kit for both of above kilns: https://amzn.to/3kN4k6D

Peep-hole Plug Replacements: https://amzn.to/3iFKfMT

Thermocouple for KM1027: https://amzn.to/3hUIcFQ

Downdraft Kiln Vent: https://amzn.to/3hYyTVj

For rough cleaning of kiln Shelves: https://amzn.to/3kL4snf

Angle Grinder: https://amzn.to/3BoCcN8

Diamond Coated Masonry Grinding Wheel: https://amzn.to/3kLgjBH

Kiln Wash: https://amzn.to/2UwkaYY

Kiln Wash Brush: https://amzn.to/3eKK1mP

 

Accessories for Clay Project Finishing:

High Temperature Wire: https://amzn.to/3ivLNcg

Olive Oil Pourer Spouts: https://amzn.to/2UHmBaV

Glass Oil Candle Wicks: https://amzn.to/2WabeJ8

Soap Dispenser Pumps: https://amzn.to/3iC7V50

Ornament Hangers: https://amzn.to/2UGdLdF

Bottle Corks: https://amzn.to/3ivMnGY

Short Garden Stack Stakes: https://amzn.to/3ivMnGY

Pumpkin Stems: https://amzn.to/2UDZ2zR

Nichrome Wire Jump Rings for Jewelry: https://amzn.to/3rtaNFb

Nichrome Wire Multi-gauge Sample Pack: https://amzn.to/3eMvkzA

Shepherd’s Hooks 48”: https://amzn.to/3rtazOi

Shepherd’s Hooks 76”: https://amzn.to/3wYogGj

Bird Feeders Multi Hooks: https://amzn.to/3BugMhN

Flameless Candles: https://amzn.to/3y0rqe2

Table Lamp Kit: https://amzn.to/3iC8P1t

Large Wiring Kit: https://amzn.to/2UvpOdT

Medium Wiring Kit: https://amzn.to/3kZAIDx

Small Wiring Kit: https://amzn.to/3kL6tjj

Colored Inserts For Lights with Holes – Teardrop: https://amzn.to/3zvbEZ1

Colored Inserts for Lights with Holes – Ball Shape: https://amzn.to/36TYOqR

Colored Inserts for Lights with Holes – Tiny Ball Shape: https://amzn.to/2Wadq3k

Colored Inserts for Lights with Holes – Birds: https://amzn.to/3kIOsCb

Colored Inserts for Lights with Holes – all Red: https://amzn.to/3eMwf30

Colored Inserts for Lights with Holes – all Blue: https://amzn.to/3zrs18Y

Colored Inserts for Lights with Holes – all White: https://amzn.to/3znY4GI

 

 For Photography and Video: 

Turntable/Mini Wheel - adjustable - https://amzn.to/2YaMJNj