Ken Horstman Studios

Helpful Idea

I have used Diamond Core tools carving tools they are terrific.   I use them in a variety of ways from fluting to carving and even some trimming (they recently have come up with trimming tools which I haven’t tried yet).

  Recently I’ve discovered Diamond Core Tools sell an assortment of diamond sanding pads.  Wow! for years I have tried my best to burnish the feet of my pots and lamps so they would not scratch surfaces but this is the best solution yet.  Check out their products at They always have videos as well.  I another helpful resource is at, check out his You Tube Video Silky Smooth Bottoms- How To   Is you would like to see any more blogs about tools I use or have any questions , please go the  contact page and leave me a note.  

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Studio Cleaning

How often is best to clean your studio?   I have seen studios that are so clean you wonder if there is anything being created there.  Others have so much dust you feel like it must be run by Pigpen from Charlie Brown.  Everybody has their own tolerances and ideas.  Some cleaning is relegated by the amount of available space.  With my space I tend to do minor cleanup everyday,  this includes wiping down surfaces and cleaning tools.

At the end of a cycle I add any cleaning of bats, cleaning the wheel, table tops and the sweeping of the floor.  I tend to mop up major spills as they happen or I will mop at the change of every season. (Spring, summer etc..)

Also remember to wear a mask or respirator when cleaning.  

 Use the contact page if you want to share any cleaning ideas and I will put them in a future blog.   see you at the next post.

This Week in the Studio

This week I’m continuing to work on my order of soap dishes and dispensers.  They should show up in my store in the next few weeks.  As the weather is cooling down my firing schedule for the fall and winter months is beginning.  I purchased my soap dispensers from,  It’s a very cool web site selling ceramics such as sinks and pour over coffee  They also sell soap dispensers and the hard to find foaming soap dispensers. So please go check them out.  

  As always check back often and see what’s new at the studio. 

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