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  • How to Store Pottery Clay

    How to Store Pottery Clay

    Using clay that’s in good condition makes pottery making a lot easier.  To keep it in good shape it’s important to know how to store pottery clay.  Here are some essential tips on storing clay, so it’s in tip-top condition. You can store pottery clay either in a dry state or a moist state.  If…

  • Does Pottery Clay Go Bad?  5 Tips to Keep it Fresh

    Does Pottery Clay Go Bad? 5 Tips to Keep it Fresh

    If you have bought some pottery clay you may be wondering whether it will go bad and if it has an expiration date. Well, the answer to that question is good news. No, pottery clay does not go bad, in fact if you store it well, it can last indefinitely.  Clay can harden, or go…

  • What Do You Call Someone Who Makes Pottery? 

    What Do You Call Someone Who Makes Pottery? 

    One of the most common names used to refer to someone who makes pottery is the word ‘potter’.  However, not everyone who makes pottery uses this particular word to describe themselves.  There are a number of terms in use.  So, what do you call someone who makes pottery? There are a number of terms used…

  • Magic Water for Pottery – How to Make It and Use It

    Magic Water for Pottery – How to Make It and Use It

    Joining pieces of clay can be tricky.  Clay seams can split or crack as the clay dries or is fired and handles can separate.  Luckily there are a number of things you can do to prevent this from happening.  A simple way to avoid cracked joints in clay is to make some magic water for…

  • How to Make a Ceramic Slab Box – A Step-by-Step Guide

    How to Make a Ceramic Slab Box – A Step-by-Step Guide

    This is an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide on how to make a ceramic slab box.  Once you have learned the process below you can adapt it to make boxes in any shape, size, and design.  In this guide, I will cover how to make a simple slab box, and a textured slab box too.  This is…

  • 3 Ways To Fix Cracks in Bone Dry Clay – They Really Work

    3 Ways To Fix Cracks in Bone Dry Clay – They Really Work

    If your pottery has cracked whilst it is drying, don’t worry, all is not lost.  Here are 3 things you can do to fix cracks in bone dry clay. Why is Fixing Cracks in Bone Dry Clay a Challenge? Fixing cracks in bone dry clay is a challenge because the clay is so dry.  If…

  • What to Wear to Pottery Class – 11 Tips On The Ideal Outfit

    What to Wear to Pottery Class – 11 Tips On The Ideal Outfit

    One of the joys of pottery is that it’s a chance to get your hands dirty.  But you don’t want to look like you’ve been bobbing around in a mud bath after a class.  So, what should you wear to a pottery class? Ideally, you want to wear clothes that are older, so you won’t…

  • Pottery Tools Guide – An Owners Review of 18 Top Tools

    Pottery Tools Guide – An Owners Review of 18 Top Tools

    If you are starting out making pottery, it really helps to have a selection of essential pottery tools.  You have probably noticed that you can buy bundles of tools, but it’s not always clear what each of these tools is for.  So, I’ve put together this list of tools that I use almost every day…

  • What is ‘Slip and Score’ in Pottery – And How is it Done?

    What is ‘Slip and Score’ in Pottery – And How is it Done?

    If you have started making pottery, sooner or later you will need to join two pieces of clay together.  Maybe you need to attach a handle to a mug or join two slabs of clay.  The best way to achieve a secure bond between separate pieces of clay is the ‘slip and score’ method of…

  • How to Make Clay from Dirt – Perfect Natural Clay Creations

    How to Make Clay from Dirt – Perfect Natural Clay Creations

    Buying clay from a pottery supplier is easy, but learning to make clay from dirt is incredibly satisfying.  If you have ever been curious about how to find and process your own wild clay, this article is for you. How to Make Clay from Dirt For ages, I thought that you could only harvest natural…

  • How to Make a Ceramic Clock – A Timeless Clay Project

    How to Make a Ceramic Clock – A Timeless Clay Project

    Making a clock that works accurately and looks nice may seem tricky, but DIY clocks are actually very simple.  I love working with clay slabs, so, making ceramic clocks is ideal for me.  It appeals to the precision nerd in me, and I get to work with clay slabs.  Here is a step-by-step guide on…

  • How to Keep Clay Flat – 16 Ways to Avoid Warping

    How to Keep Clay Flat – 16 Ways to Avoid Warping

    Flat pieces of clay, are prone to losing their shape and curling up when they dry or when they are fired.  This can happen regardless of whether they are large or small.  And it can happen to hand-built or wheel-thrown pieces.  So how do you keep clay flat once it’s been formed? You can help…