Mudtools Flexible Ribs

The rib was one of the first tools that Michael started making for himself and then shared with others.

A rib is one of the most basic and frequently used tools in clay. Because it acts as an extension of the potter’s own hand, it should function well and be a joy to use.

Our Mudtool ribs are made from a flexible material that is considered the “stainless steel” of plastics. Unlike rubber, this material will not develop burrs or cracks. In fact, these ribs will burnish themselves as you use them, so, the more you use them the nicer they become.

Available in six shapes, these ribs cover a lot of what hand builders and throwers need from a rib. Each rib shape is available in four degrees of hardness; from very soft to very firm. You choose the shape and hardness that suits your clay and your working style.

Very Soft Very Soft
Great for compressing slabs, burnishing rims, chamois, and handbuilding.

Soft Flex Soft Flex
Perfect for smoothing, burnishing, porcelain, throwing, and handbuilding.

Medium Flex Medium Flex
Great for compressing bottoms, burnishing, trim marks, throwing, and handbuilding.

Firm Flex Firm Flex
Still Flexible but Stiffer. Great for high burnish and throwing large work.
      Shape Flexible Ribs Dimensions
      0 Shape 0  2.75" x 1.44"
      1 Shape 1  3.5" x 1.75"
      2 Shape 2  2.88" x 2.5"
      3 Shape 3  5" x 1.94"
      4 Shape 4  4.19" x 2"
      5 Shape 5  4.19" x 2"
Bowl Rib
Small Bowl Rib 4.75" x 2.875"
Bowl Rib
Mudtools Large Bowl Rib 6.5" x 3.5"
Platter Rib
Mudtools Small Platter Rib 7.5" x 2.75"
Platter Rib
Mudtools Large Platter Rib 11.5" x 1.75"
Description Code
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Buy Now Very Soft Small Bowl Rib SMTBR
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Buy Now Soft Flex Small Bowl Rib SMTBY
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Buy Now Firm Flex 0 SMTB0
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