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The Many Uses of Pottery Needles

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The Potter's Needle Used to Score Clay
Another use of the potter's needle is to score pottery when joining clay pieces together.

Another use of the potter's needle is to score pottery when joining clay pieces together.

Photo © 2009 Beth E Peterson

Whenever you want to join pieces of clay together, it is almost always a good idea to "score and slip", or scratch down into the clay on both surfaces where they will be joined then cover them with a layer of slip.

The potter's needle is the quintessential tool for scoring clay. Although other tools can be used in a pinch, the needle tends to be the easiest to use due to shape and how our hands are trained to work with pencils and pens.

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