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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

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…

how to glaze pottery at home

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…

types of clay for pottery

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…

how to start a pottery hobby

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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What is a Slab in Ceramics? – The Humble Clay Slab

If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably heard the term ‘clay slab’ being used and wondered exactly what it meant.  So, what is a slab in ceramics?  A clay slab is a portion of clay that has been flattened into a sheet.  Clay slabs are most often made by using a rolling pin or a…

how to roll a clay slab

How to Make a Clay Slab – 4 Easy Ways to Roll Clay Evenly

One of the best ways to make slab pottery look well-crafted is to start off using a nice evenly rolled slab of clay.  There are a number of ways to make a clay slab.  In this article, I will look at 4 of the easiest techniques, and go into exactly how to roll clay evenly. …

how much does a kiln cost

How Much Does a Kiln Cost? – Buyers Guide

If you want to start firing your own work, one of your first questions will be how much does a kiln cost?  Buying a kiln is a bit like buying a car as there is a big price range depending on the size and power of the kiln.  Kilns range in price from small tabletop…

Is Polish pottery oven safe

Is Polish Pottery Oven Safe? – Can it Take the Heat?

Ovens are now part and parcel of every household’s kitchen for faster preparation of various dishes. The biggest concern when using an oven is pondering if your ceramics are oven safe. Polish pottery is no exception to this. And if you own some pieces, you have probably wondered if Polish pottery is oven safe. Polish…

slab built mugs

Slab Built Mugs – 4 Ways to Make Fab Slab Mugs

Slab built mugs can be lovely to look at and a pleasure to use.  And yet, making a well-crafted slab mug is a simple process.  The basic technique for making slab mugs is the simple cylinder mug.  Once you know how to make a cylinder mug, you can build on this and make a whole…

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How to Make Slab Pottery Mug Templates – 6  Great Designs

Whilst you can freestyle it when making slab pottery, it often works out best when you use a template.  And mugs are no exception to this.  So, I’ve put together this guide which covers some of the best and easiest ways to make slab pottery mug templates. I will be covering how to make templates…