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I have always loved clay.  As a child, I would make things out of air-drying clay.  I can still remember the smell of it and the clammy cold feel.  It was funny stuff, it felt a bit like a mixture of plastic and clay, which come to think of it, it probably was.

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How to Fire Clay at Home – 7 Simple Ways to Fire Pottery

If you’ve started making pottery, you may be wondering how to fire clay at home.  The good news is that you don’t need a fancy art studio to fire your own pottery.  There are some simple, inexpensive ways to fire clay at home.  This article covers 7 ways of firing pottery and some of the…

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How to Glaze Pottery at Home – With or Without a Kiln

If you are starting your pottery journey, you may be wondering just how to glaze pottery at home.  Is it possible?  What are your options?  You will be pleased to know that it is completely possible to glaze pottery at home.  This article is all about the different ways to glaze pottery both with and…

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Types of Clay for Pottery – The 5 Main Types of Ceramic Clay

If you’re starting out in ceramics, you may be wondering about the different types of clay for pottery.  This information can feel overwhelming, so I thought it would be helpful to give a clear overview of the key differences.  In this article, I will take a walk through the main different types of clay for…

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12 Top Tips to Start a Pottery Hobby – A Beginners Guide

If you want to start a pottery hobby, it can be hard to know where to start.  Like all new ventures, it can feel like there is an overwhelming amount of information to learn.  But take heart, you only need to take one step at a time.  I have put together this handy list of…

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7 Ceramic Techniques for Making Anything Out of Clay

Clay is one of nature’s most incredible building blocks.  You can make almost anything out of clay.  It is very versatile and once you grasp a few key ceramic techniques, you can make almost anything. If you are learning how to work with clay, here are some of the most important ceramic techniques to try…

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How To Identify Pottery With No Markings

In theory, it is possible to identify pottery with no markings just by looking at it. But in reality, this is an almost impossible task. Pottery was often handmade, and every country and even region had its own distinctive style. Well-known artists like Picasso, and less well-known ones like Grueby, made their careers out of…

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100 Pottery Quotes – Inspired Quotes about Clay & Ceramics

Pottery, clay, and ceramics lend themselves well to a fancy well-crafted turn of phrase.  I love a good quote, so I decided to collect together some of the best pottery quotes I had come across.  I hope you find some inspiration or at least amusement from the 100 pottery quotes that follow. Pottery Quotes to…

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Buying a Used Pottery Wheel – 14 Tips to Help Your Search

The best way to improve your wheel throwing skills is to practice every day.  Practicing every day is a lot easier if you have a pottery wheel at home.  And buying a used pottery wheel can be a great way to save yourself some money. Here are some top tips on buying the right used…

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Pearlware and Creamware Pottery – 5 Key Differences

Pearlware and creamware are two of the most popular types of fine china, but they are distinctly different. Both are decorated pieces that look very similar to each other, often using the same types of patterns. What sets them apart really is their history and what inspired them. Pearlware is fine earthenware with a white…

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What Is Creamware Pottery? – Its Origins, History, and Uses

Creamware is earthenware pottery made from a combination of white clay and calcined flint. It is marked by a distinct cream color and a pale lead glaze. Creamware originated from England in the mid to the second half of the eighteenth century and is also linked to countries such as France, Italy, and the Netherlands….