Athletes aren’t the only ones who score. So do ceramic artists, especially when joining clay pieces together using the “score and slip” method. This involves scratching lines in the clay, then moistening the surfaces and joining the crosshatched pieces together. This technique provides extra grip, preventing pieces from coming apart once they dry or are fired in the kiln. All you need to make crosshatched patterns in your clay is a scoring tool. Some of them have just one sharp point, but many ceramic artists prefer tools with multiple points to make several lines at once. While serving a practical purpose, they can also be used to create decorative textures. For help in choosing the right implement for your needs, browse our selection of the best multi-point scoring tools below.
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