can you use an extension cord with a kiln

Can I Use An Extension Cord with a Kiln? – Is it Advisable?

Some kilns need to be wired directly into an electrical supply.  Other kilns can be plugged in using a standard domestic plug.  If you are using the latter, you may be wondering if you can use an extension cord with a kiln.  This article is about the do’s and don’ts of using an extension cord…

what is leather hard clay

What is Leather Hard Clay? And Why is it so Useful?

Before it is fired, clay goes through three distinct stages.  The first stage is when it is soft, plastic, and workable.  The second stage is when it is leather hard.  And the third stage is when it is bone dry.  This article is all about leather hard clay.  So, what is leather hard clay and…

low fire vs high fire clay

Low Fire Vs High Fire Clay – Which Clay is Right for You?

There are lots of different types of clay for pottery.  One of the ways that pottery clay is categorized is the temperature it should be fired at.  Low fire is best fired at low temperatures.  And high fire clay is best fired in the high-temperature range.  But which will suit you best?  This article is…

can you put low fire glaze on high fire clay

Can You Put Low Fire Glaze on High Fire Clay? Will it Work?

If you are learning about glazing, there is a lot to take on board.  There is a large range of different glazes to choose from.  And like clay, you can get low fire, mid fire, and high fire glazes.  You may have been wondering if you can put low fire glaze on high fire clay. …

can you bisque fire twice

Can You Bisque Fire Twice? – Will Your Pots Survive?

Recently, I wanted to create a layering effect with underglaze, using masking tape.  I was worried that the masking tape would pull off the unfired underglaze.  And, I found myself wondering ‘can you bisque fire twice?’.  So, I did a bit of research and this is what I found out. You can bisque fire twice…

how to make coil pots

How to Make Coil Pots – 5 Great Coil Pottery Techniques

Coil pottery is a great way to hand-build pots.  You can make lovely, strong pots with character and individuality using simple coiling methods.  This article is a step-by-step guide on how to make coil pots.  I will look at 5 different coil pottery techniques so you can experiment and decide which one you enjoy most. …

can you wash glaze off bisque pottery

Can You Wash Glaze off Bisque Pottery? Washing Glaze off Unfired Pots

There is lots of scope for things to go wrong when you apply glaze to pottery.  You can mess up your glaze design, apply the glaze too thick, or even apply the wrong glaze.  If your glazing has gone wrong, you’re probably wondering if you can wash glaze off bisque pottery and start again.  Fortunately,…

how to make slip for clay

How to Make Slip for Clay – 3 Ways to Make Perfect Clay Slip

This article is all about how to make slip for clay.  There are different kinds of slip, used for different purposes.  And there are some variations in how to make slip for clay depending on how you want to use it.  I will cover these differences and outline a step-by-step guide for making different kinds…

mixing underglaze colors

Mixing Underglazes – What Can You Mix with Underglaze?

Over time I have collected a wide range of underglaze colors and brands.  Nevertheless, I still sometimes find that don’t have the exact color I want.  And I found myself wondering about mixing underglazes.  Questions came up for me like whether you can mix underglaze colors?  What about mixing different brands of underglaze?  And can…

firing pots with lids

Firing Pots with Lids – How to Dry and Fire Lidded Pots

I recently made my first pot with a lid on it.  I was at pains to make sure the lid was a perfect fit.  But I know that clay shrinks when it dries and can warp when it’s fired.  And I didn’t want my perfect lidded pot to be ruined.  So, before I let it…

best clay for handbuilding

Best Clay for Handbuilding – Tips on Choosing Pottery Clay

If you are making pottery without a wheel, you may be wondering about the best clay for handbuilding.  Pottery clay for handbuilding needs to have certain properties.  In this article, I will look at what those properties are and which clay you will find them in. The best clay for handbuilding is stoneware or earthenware…

make a clay coil

How to Roll a Clay Coil – 12 Tips for Making Perfect Coils

The first step in making coil pottery is learning how to roll a clay coil.  This might sound simple, and of course, in some ways, it is.  But, it is also a bit of a skill.  When I started making coil pots, I was surprised by how tricky it can be to roll a clay…