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We make custom stamps and rollers for marking clay.   Use our tools to decorate the clay surface or as a maker's mark (chop) to identify your work.   We specialize in custom clay stamps for professional potters, using artwork or logos you create or your customer requests.   Produced in about 1 week or less.
World wide delivery. Our clay stamp making process was developed by artist Joel Socwell while studying ceramics at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.   This special process uses a laser to cut your design into a durable stamp tool.   As a service to the ceramic arts community, Joel now offers this process for transferring your custom design into an easy to use ceramic tool.   With express shipping you can have your stamps in hand in just 3-5 days depending on your location.   The stamps are durable and can make hundreds, even thousands of quality marks, and last for years in most cases.   We have a full selection of stock stamp images, sold exclusively by SOCWELL LLC also available here on www.4clay.com.


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What kind of stamp should you order?   Wood or Signature Writer Surface?

Wood stamps work great with ceramic clays, and are the most cost effective stamp we offer.   They work well for bold designs and text with large bold letters around point size 13 or larger.   If you make a lot of different designs and use a stamp for a few hundred times or less, then a wood stamp can be a great option to save you money if your artwork is the nice and bold.   In my own work, I personally use all wood stamps because I like how they feel and work with the clay.   But they do have some limitations on the type/size of artwork they can hold. Minimum line thickness is 0.025" for wood stamp artwork at the size you want the stamp made. We added the Signature Writer (R) stamp surface to allow artists to get smaller designs or very complex designs to work with strength and long life.   If your design needs to hold a lot of text or has many fine lines or dots, this stamp surface may be required to work with clay.   The signature writer surface will last a long time even with the small detail and is a better value if you plan to use the same design for thousands of pieces.   The Signature Writer is more costly to make, but the results are often quite excellent if your design needs the ultimate in detail.   The Signature Writer Surface also works better with PMC and Polymer type clays than wood. For ceramic clays it is the premium stamp surface with 0.01" minimum line thickness.
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Using clay stamps to mark pottery while the clay is soft

Stock stamp being used in marking soft clay.   Our clay stamps are made using a laser to cut detailed and deep designs into the tool.   All our stamps, stock or made from your design, make crisp clear marks clay with good depth to the mark.   You will find these stamps far superior to rubber stamps, these are made specific for the embossing of clay - both PMC jewelery clay and water based clay for wheel or hand building.   With pottery clays I recommend a drying period after working on the wheel to allow the clay to firm before using the stamp to mark the clay.   In my own work on the wheel, I leave the piece lightly covered with plastic overnight and then trim and mark with the stamp tool.   Each studio & clay has different drying times, so it is best to practice with your clay a little before you use stamps on a finished piece.

Here is what other customers are saying about custom made clay stamps from Socwell LLC...

"They arrived safely today.  Very pleased with them absolutely excellent.  Thank you for the excellent and swift service."
- Colin Knightley, Lightcliffe, United Kingdom


"I love my new stamps and have long forgotten my hand carved plaster stamp I've been using for years! Thank you."
- Caren Helm, PIZZAZZ Pottery, Fairhaven, VT, USA


"Just wanted to let you know that the stamp you made for me got here safe and sound.   I'm super happy with the quality and thank you so much for the fast turn around!"
- Sherry Kirk, La Center, WA, USA


"Received the two new stamps. Awesome as the others. Thanks"
- Chuck Iker, Iker Bonsai Pottery, Batavia, OH, USA


"We just ordered 1" custom logos from a graphic/jpeg I created.  Great service & attention to detail.  Committing to our logo like this is a big step in terms of professional branding.
4clay was the right company to handle the small (yet important) details.  They get it."
- Thanks! Kate & Al Spirit Line Pottery







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