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Finishing Touches For Your Pots

You've just pulled a fresh batch of wares from the kiln and they are amazing, however; without the finishing touches on you pots, they may not live up to your expectations.

A rough bottom, that scratches your customers table, is not only going to upset the customer and possibly cost you repairs, but it could ruin your reputation in a hurry!

It only takes a few minutes with a piece of sandpaper, Grit Quick Cleaners, a Kemper SMS Tool, or a sanding disk, to make that pots bottom as soft as a baby's.

Let me show you a few examples...

Warning: ALWAYS wear a protective mask and/or respirator when sanding or grinding clay pieces. Dust particles from the clay and glazes used can cause long term health issues as well as certain cancers and potentially death.

First, let's look at what I mean by a rough bottom.

If you'll take notice, there are a few pieces of kiln wash attached to the bottom of this bowl, as well as an area where glaze melted to the bottom. Is this pot too rough to save?

Nope! This is a perfect example of where the Kemper (SMS) Stilt Mark Grinding Stone comes in handy. The SMS tool will soften or completely erase the marks on this pot.

IMG_7659 You can use a corner of the stone

IMG_7660 Or the flat end

Once you've grinder off the majority of the imperfections, go ahead and use sandpaper, or a grit quick cleaner to soften the entire pot bottom. What a difference it will make!

Another option is to use the Creative Industries Grinding Discs. They are available in diamond or silicon carbide, various sizes and grits. They can be used dry or with water, and come with an adhesive backing to adhere to a bat for ease of use, and easy replacement.

  • Once securely adhered to your bat, place the bat on your wheel head, and start the wheel spinning. Maximum speed works best
  • Securely grip your pot and lightly press it against the spinning disc


  • Change the angle of your pot to get the outside edges as well

After you've finished smoothing off the bottoms of your pots, use a damp rag to clean of the residual dust.

Remember... NEVER sand or grind clay pieces without a protective mask or respirator!


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