firing a DIY raku kiln

How to Raku Fire Pottery- Tips on the Raku Firing Process

Since I started using my DIY raku kiln, I have picked up some tips on the raku firing process.  It took me a few tries at firing a raku kiln to use it successfully.  And I imagine that the same is true for other people starting out.  So, I thought I’d write an article and…

what is anna pottery

What is Anna Pottery? – Pigs, Snakes and Other Reptiles

You may be a pottery enthusiast or, better yet, an antique collector. At one point in your endeavors, you might have come across the term Anna pottery and wondered, “what is Anna pottery?”. Well, worry not. This article will provide a description of what Anna pottery is all about. Anna pottery is stoneware from Anna,…

what is pottery glaze made of

What is Pottery Glaze Made of? Understanding Pottery Glaze

Glaze is the glass coating on the surface of pottery items. It can give the surface a glossy, matte, smooth, textured, opaque, or clear finish. Varying glaze compositions result in different glaze outcomes after firing. Each component has its function that like magic, transforms the glaze’s appearance after firing. Pottery glazes consist of three basic…

what is wheel throwing

What is Wheel Throwing? – Pottery on the Wheel in a Nutshell

If you’re new to pottery, you may have the term throwing on the wheel, and wondered, ‘what is wheel throwing’?  It’s a curious phrase and open to some misunderstanding.  So, this article is all about wheel throwing and what it means. Wheel throwing pottery is the process of shaping clay on the pottery wheel. Throwing…

how to make pottery at home

How to Make Pottery at Home – A Beginners Guide

When I started to make pottery from home, I really just made it up as I went along.  On route, I encountered a few practical issues that I had not anticipated.  So, I thought it would be helpful to write a simple guide on how to make pottery at home.  To help you avoid some…

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…

what is pottery clay made of

What is Pottery Clay Made Of? – Getting The Dirt on Pottery Clay

If you are a potter, or simply own some pottery, you may have wondered what is pottery clay made of?  You need not wonder anymore, in this article we will dive into this topic and discuss the basics of pottery clay.  We will look at how it occurs naturally, how it is processed and the…

melting marbles in pottery

Melting Marbles in Pottery – Pretty Ways to Fuse Glass onto Clay

One of the first pieces of pottery I made in pre-school involved melting marbles in pottery.  However, mixing glass with ceramics is not just for kid’s projects.  It is a technique much used by potters and can create lovely results in a few simple steps. To melt marbles in pottery, make a small shallow dish…

can you put wet clay in the kiln

Can You Put Wet Clay in The Kiln? – Avoid it Exploding!

It can be daunting learning how to fire pottery.  There are lots of factors to think about.  And you may have found yourself wondering if you can put wet clay in the kiln.  Or perhaps you are in a hurry, and you want to fire your pottery in time for a deadline.  Potters do sometimes…

is pottery clay eco-friendly

Is Pottery Clay Eco-Friendly? – or is it Costing the Earth?

For many years, humans have been making jewelry, vases, plates, jugs, and drinking vessels out of clay.  And still today, given the vast variety of materials available, clay is one of the most beautiful and durable options. Clay can be beautiful, practical and can take a variety of forms and shapes. Aesthetics aside, there has…

how to make marbled pottery

How to Make Marbled Pottery – 4 Easy Ways to Marble Clay

The first time I saw marbled clay I was intrigued and I wanted to know how it was done.  It’s a beautiful way of blending colors on your pottery.  So, I wanted to write about the different ways you can make marbled pottery.  It’s really pretty simple.    You can marble pottery by either coloring the…

how to get glaze of kiln shelves

How to Get Glaze Off Kiln Shelves? – Easy Glaze Removal

Finding that your glaze has run off your pottery and onto the kiln shelf is not unusual.  Especially if you are just learning to glaze your potter, or using an unfamiliar glaze.  Most potters have a kiln shelf or two that have been damaged by running glaze.  In practice, it is not ideal – for…