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how to roll a clay slab

How to Make a Clay Slab – 4 Easy Ways to Roll Clay Evenly

One of the best ways to make slab pottery look well-crafted is to start off using a nice evenly rolled slab of clay.  There are a number of ways to make a clay slab.  In this article, I will look at 4 of the easiest techniques, and go into exactly how to roll clay evenly. …

slab built mugs

Slab Built Mugs – 4 Ways to Make Fab Slab Mugs

Slab built mugs can be lovely to look at and a pleasure to use.  And yet, making a well-crafted slab mug is a simple process.  The basic technique for making slab mugs is the simple cylinder mug.  Once you know how to make a cylinder mug, you can build on this and make a whole…

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…

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…

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…

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…

home pottery studio

15 Tips on Setting Up a Home Pottery Studio on a Budget

If you’ve caught the pottery bug, you may well be thinking about setting up a home pottery studio.  There are two unavoidable facts about making pottery.  The first is that it takes up space and the second is that it costs money. Fortunately, it doesn’t need to take up loads of space, and it also…

how to get clay out of clothes

How to Get Clay Out of Clothes – Removing Clay Stains

There is no way around it, clay is messy and sticky.  That’s part of its fun.  But it is less fun trying to get clay out of clothes.  Perhaps you are a potter who uses clay at work or as a hobby.  Or perhaps you have a kid who is making a clay project at…

double pinch pot pitcher

How to Make a Double Pinch Pot – An Easy Step by Step Guide

If you like hand building pottery, then learning how to make a double pinch pot is a game-changer.  It’s a simple technique, but once you have mastered it, you can use it to make almost any pottery form.  I use the double pinch pot to make teapots, vases, jugs, and pitchers.  In this post, I…

clean your kiln

Easy Tips on How to Clean Your Kiln After Pottery Explodes

If you are reading this post, most likely some of your pottery has exploded during firing.  My condolences…it’s sad when it happens, isn’t it?  But it’s not the end of the world, it is possible to clean your kiln after pottery explodes.  Here are some tips that I have picked up about cleaning a kiln…