FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY NEW POTTERY TOOLS?
All our tools are made from woods that hold up well against use and water- and they are all given a bath in mineral oil. They are designed to get messy, so don’t worry about keeping them shiny. As long as you don’t leave your tools soaking in water for very long (ie your slip bucket), they should last for several years. Occasionally when they get really wet, your tools might warp. if you dry them out for a day or two on a flat surface, they will be back to normal!
WHY NOT JUST MAKE TOOLS OUT OF PLASTIC OR METAL?
Plenty of people do, and many of those tools are great, but different materials move clay in different ways. Beyond that, time at the wheel is sacred and relaxing and stressful and holding a quality handmade wooden tool is just so much better than holding a mass produced plastic one. Its kind of like how a plastic cup from goodwill holds coffee just as well as a handmade mug from your inspiring friend.
WHEN WILL MY ORDER SHIP?
We generally ship within 2-3 days. But that said, we are a very small team, and sometimes we get a little behind.
WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
Collin Garrity learned to build musical instruments and furniture at Warren Wilson College. They have an awesome ceramics departments so it was probably inevitable that one of his friends would ask him to make a custom set of tools with his cut-offs. That turned into giving away more tools, which turned into trading them and eventually, selling them on etsy. In 2017 he nailed down 20 unique tool shapes and officially started Garrity Tools. We’ve grown from there thanks to the help, ideas, feedback and support of countless potters; thanks for being a part of our story!
IM VISITING ST LOUIS, DO YOU HAVE A STORE?
Our workshop is a mess and you’re welcome to visit it, but if you want to buy tools, your best bet is kruegerpottery.com. Their store front is 15 minutes away from us and they stock all our shapes.
WHERE ELSE CAN I BUY YOU TOOLS?
Here’s a list. If your local supplier isn’t on there, let them know you wish they sold Garrity Tools!
IF A LIMITED EDITION IS SOLD OUT, CAN I STILL GET ONE?
Once they are sold out, you’ll have to wait for the next round. We try to always have at least one unique LE shape available. . . and if a shape was especially popular we will likely launch it again in a different wood. Follow our instagram to see announcements about new tools!
DO YOU MAKE CUSTOM TOOLS?
Not usually. but sometimes if things are slow. (summertime). If you have a tool Idea though, let us know! a drawing or PDF shape is always helpful.
Garrity Tools have been developed with the help of countless potters and sculptors over several years. Because founder Collin Garrity is primarily a woodworker, he has been able to focus on the quality of the craftsmanship, and has able to rely on the feedback and suggestion of ceramicists to improve his original designs. We'd love to hear your ideas, feedback, and suggestions. We'd also to love to see the beautiful object you've made using out tools, so please be sure to link to your work. Thanks for helping us continue to improve our tools!