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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…

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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…

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Why Has my Wheel Head Corroded on my Pottery Wheel?

Many people value the aesthetic value of wheel heads. As such, people dedicate their time and resources towards wheel head maintenance. But wheel heads are still prone to corrosion. Perhaps this has left you wondering why has my wheel head corroded on my pottery wheel despite regular maintenance.  This article demystifies the causes of wheel…

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7 Ways to Build a Kiln for Pottery – Easy DIY Kiln Ideas

There are numerous ways to build a kiln for pottery in your backyard.  It needn’t be expensive or complicated.  In essence, you are making a chamber that can get up to high temperatures and stay there. Disclaimer:  This article is for informational purposes and is not intended as advice about building a kiln.  Kilns can…

handles that crack on mugs as clay dries

8 Ways to Fix Handles that Crack on Mugs as Clay Dries

The key to drying pottery clay without cracks is to dry slowly and evenly.  Mug handles are notorious for cracking at the joint because drying handles evenly can be tricky.  So, what do you do if your mug handle has cracked at the joint?  Here are some simple ways to fix handles that crack on…

can you keep your pottery outdoors

Can You Keep Your Pottery Outdoors? Protecting Your Pots

Pottery and sculpture can be a beautiful addition to an outside space.  However outdoor conditions are not ideal for fired clay.  Factors like the heat, the cold, rain, etc can affect your pottery resulting in wear and tear. So, should you avoid keeping your pottery outdoors or can they be protected from the effect of…

pottery wedging surface

13 Clay Wedging Surface Ideas – That Will Save You Money

A purpose-built wedging table is an additional expense that you might want to avoid.  If this is the case, then don’t stress.  There are lots of inexpensive simple ways of finding the perfect clay wedging surface for your studio. A wedging surface needs to have a bit of grip to it.  If it is too…

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What Are Kiln Cookies? Protect Your Shelves with Kiln Patties

You may have heard of kiln cookies and wondered what they are and what they do.  This post is all about the humble kiln cookie.  Also known as patties, the kiln cookie is firing essential and handy kiln saver.  Once you start using them, you won’t look back! Kiln cookies are thin flat slabs or…

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Setting a Kiln to Hold for Hours Instead of Minutes by Mistake

So, you set your kiln to hold for hours instead of minutes by mistake.  You are definitely not the first and you won’t be the last.  Perhaps you set it to hold for 15 hours instead of 15 minutes.  You are probably desperate to know what happens if you do set a kiln to hold…

what is a hold time when firing a kiln

What is a Hold When Firing Pottery? – How to Soak Your Kiln

There are a number of technical terms used by potters when they talk about firing their pottery.  One term you will come across when learning about using a kiln is a ‘hold’ or ‘hold time’.  It took me a while to piece together why potters used a hold time.  So, I thought it might be…

What is Candling a Kiln and How is it Done? – Key Facts

One of the first things you learn about firing pottery is that it needs to be dry before it’s fired.  You may have heard the quaint term ‘candling’ and wondered what it means.  In this article, I look at what candling a kiln means and why is it so important.     Candling a kiln involves heating…