Chop, trim, smooth, and finish your pottery with a steel scraper. An essential tool for any ceramicist—recreational or professional, beginner or advanced—a scraper, also called a rib, is a versatile implement that’s ideal for texturing, shaping, and refining. Choose a one with a serrated edge to add interest to your surfaces or get pesky clay residue off your wheel, or pick one with a smooth edge for finishing purposes. Heavy-duty metal ribs can be used for shaping and smoothing, while thin ones are flexible enough to bend around most forms. Note that thin scrapers can also be very sharp and should be used with caution. To choose the best option for your studio or project, browse our roundup of steel scrapers below.
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