A friend of my niece is going to set up a pottery studio in his new house and was asking what he would need to get started.
My work area has evolved since the beginning, so I thought about the basic components I gathered when I first set up my potter’s studio.
Besides a good potter’s wheel, having access to electric, adequate lighting and ventilation, and easy-to-clean flooring /horizontal surfaces are a must.
Speaking of clean, easy access to water, a bunch of hand towels, a good apron, sponges, and a scraper are working and cleaning essentials.
Storing work and ware makes bags for storing unfinished projects; crates and shelves for carrying and storing bats and ware; and vessels to stow tools an organizational necessity.
A wire cutting tool, ribs, sponges, a needle tool, and trimming tools serve as the very basic throwing tools.
A yard of heavy canvas, a rolling pin, a fettling knife, an old kitchen spoon and fork, and a slip container can be the basic hand-building tools.
As far as glazing brushes go, I used 1″ and .5″ hardware store utility bushes for the first couple of years.