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…

slab pottery mug templates

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…

UNIKAT Polish pottery

What is UNIKAT Polish Pottery? And What Makes it Special?

Polish pottery is famous for being hand-made and hand-painted by skilled artisans. It is rare to find one piece that is exactly the same as the other, as each piece is a product of an individual artist. You may have heard of UNIKAT Polish pottery and wondered what it is. Here’s what you need to…

traditional boleslawiec pottery

What do Boleslawiec Pottery Marks Look Like?

Boleslawiec pottery marks are primarily used to identify the quality, company, and country of origin. They are usually located under the ceramics base providing a reliable means to tell authentic antique pieces. However, some marks are forgeries and you can’t easily distinguish them. This is because a good amount of time and effort is spent…

how to identify polish pottery

How to Identify Polish Pottery – 3 Key Features

Also known as Boleslawiec pottery, Polish pottery is among the finest and most valuable types of pottery. It originates from a Polish village called Boleslawiec, hence the name.  If you are an aspiring pottery enthusiast or collector, you probably want to know how to identify polish pottery. Luckily for you, it is quite easy to…

best surface for rolling clay

Best Surface for Rolling Clay – 8 Ways to Stop Clay Sticking

Rolling a nice, even slab is essential for slab building pottery.  However, a common problem when learning to roll slabs of clay is to find that they stick to your work surface.  This problem can usually be solved by rolling on the right kind of surface.  But what is the best surface for rolling clay? …

saggar firing

Saggar Firing – How to Make Simple Aluminum Saggars

Saggar Firing In the past, the term ‘saggar’ referred to a container that pottery was fired in.  These containers were made of heat-resistant, refractory material.  They were designed to protect the pots from the fumes, flames, and debris in the atmosphere of the kiln. Today saggars are often used for the opposite purpose.  These days…

washing bisqueware

Washing Bisqueware – Is it a Waste of Time?

I’m in the habit of giving my bisque pottery a wipe down with a damp sponge before glazing.  But I recently read that some potters never wipe or wash down their bisque ware.  I wanted to know if I was wasting my time, so I looked into the pros and cons of washing bisqueware, and…

underglaze flaking

Underglaze Flaking, Cracking and Peeling – Top Solutions

I love using underglaze, and for the most part, I find it very versatile and reliable.  However, just occasionally, I have had an issue with underglaze flaking, cracking, and peeling.  So, I went on a mission to find out why this was happening, and this is what I have discovered… The most common cause of…

decorating pottery

Decorating Pottery – 21 Great Ways to Decorate Clay

There are lots of different ways of decorating pottery.  And each of these techniques can be used to put your own individual stamp on a piece of ceramics. Decorating pottery can be done at different stages in the process of making a piece of ware.  For example, glazing pottery is done after the pot has…

how to tell how old pottery is

How to Tell How Old Pottery Is – 5 Ways to Date Pottery

It is not always easy to tell how old pottery is. In fact, it requires years of practice and significant expertise to accurately guess the age of pottery by just looking at it. It is especially difficult to determine the age of very ancient pieces as they rarely have markings, unlike those made during and…

how to tell if your pottery is valuable

How to Know if My Pottery is Valuable – 6 Factors at Play

There are several reasons why you may want to know if your pottery is valuable and by how much. You could be looking to sell it, know the price needed for its insurance, settlement, probate, trust planning, or collection. Whatever the case, it is important to know the worth of your pottery. Different pieces of…

ceramic techniques

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…