Paper Templates for Pottery

A pottery template is useful in hand building when you want to make several items the same size and/or shape. The files below are pre-built templates that are free for use. Download the zip file and extract. Print the PDF file(s) on a normal printer at 100% (or actual size) and cut out the paper templates. See assembly instructions for larger template sizes that cross multiple pages.

Hand Building Pattern Thirty-Three

A gentle flower handbuilding template creates a beautiful plate. Sizes range from three to twelve inches. The eight-, nine-, ten-, eleven- and twelve-inch patterns cross two or more pages. Ten pages are included in a single PDF file.
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Handbuilding Pattern Thirty-Four

Want to make a square floral plate? This is the pottery template for you. Sizes range from three to twelve inches. Ten pages are ready to print. All sizes over seven inches cross multiple pages and need to be assembled in order to use.
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Pottery Template Thirty-Five

I found a similar template like this on this site. I’ve seen it elsewhere but can’t remember where. I believe that the other site made small condiment containers from this pottery pattern. Sizes range from eighteen inches to three inches. Larger sizes will need to be taped together. Twelve pages are in a single PDF file.
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Hand-Building Template Thirty-Six

I found this pottery pattern on a basket weaving site (don’t ask, I don’t know how I got there). I thought that it would make a great pot. Sizes included in the file range from four inches to eighteen inches but only even numbers. Multiple sizes cross multiple pages. Eighteen pages in two PDF files.
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Pottery Pattern Thirty-Seven

I found Elisa Helland-Hansen’s template on Ceramic Arts Network. I created a thin and a thick version of this template. Both versions include sizes ranging from eighteen inches to three inches. There are two PDF files with twelve pages each.
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Ceramic Template Thirty-Eight

Another plate or platter handbuilding template. I tried to duplicate a plate profile I saw and liked somewhere. Sizes range from twenty inches down to three inches. Three PDF files with twenty-eight pages to print.
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Clay Pattern Thirty-Nine

The larger sizes of this handbuilding template makes a nice centerpiece. I’ve used the twelve inch template to create a soup tureen and the six inch template to make matching bowls. Sizes range between three and eighteen inches. Two PDF pages contain twenty pages.
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Clay Template Forty

An organic platter pattern that includes sizes ranging from eighteen-inches to three-inches. Two PDF files that include fourteen pages. Multiple sizes cross pages and will need to be assembled.
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