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Steps To Making Your Own Pottery

Steps To Making Your Own Pottery

If you've recently started working with clay, you'll need to take a number of steps before you can start molding clay, especially if you're working out of a home ceramics studio. From installing clay sink traps for clog-free cleanup to checking your clay for homogeny and stiffness, these preparatory steps will ensure your overall throwing success.

Whether you're building your own home ceramics studio or just want to cut down on the amount of time you're spending not creating beautiful works of art, knowing the proper ways to prepare to throw clay can greatly reduce the mess and mishaps of ceramics...


Top Pottery Tips and Tricks

Top Pottery Tips and Tricks

Use a Pair of Tights to Line Moulds

It can be tempting to line plaster moulds with Saran wrap so that the clay does not stick to the mould, but sometimes they can leave marks in your perfectly smoothed out clay and be a little messy to remove once the clay has dried. A great solution is to cut up a pair of old tights and line your mould with them. They don’t leave marks on the clay when you remove the clay from the mould; they’re more durable and also come off cleanly in one piece.

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Random Pottery Glazing Tips

Random Pottery Glazing Tips

  • After bisque firing, keep your pots clean. Lotions, or even the oils from your hands, can create resist spots where glaze adheres unevenly or not at all. Throughout all phases of the glazing process, including loading and unloading the kiln, handle bisqueware with a clean pair of disposable gloves. If you think your bisqueware has been compromised — splashed with something, covered with grime, or maybe handled by a visitor — bisque it again rather than risk your glaze crawling.
  • Remove all dust before glazing including bisque dust, studio dust and even household or street dust. Use an air...