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firing pots with lids

Firing Pots with Lids – How to Dry and Fire Lidded Pots

I recently made my first pot with a lid on it.  I was at pains to make sure the lid was a perfect fit.  But I know that clay shrinks when it dries and can warp when it’s fired.  And I didn’t want my perfect lidded pot to be ruined.  So, before I let it…

make a clay coil

How to Roll a Clay Coil – 12 Tips for Making Perfect Coils

The first step in making coil pottery is learning how to roll a clay coil.  This might sound simple, and of course, in some ways, it is.  But, it is also a bit of a skill.  When I started making coil pots, I was surprised by how tricky it can be to roll a clay…

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…

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…

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…

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…

how to make colored clay

How to Make Colored Clay – 3 Easy Methods with Images

It is simple to make colored clay, and the results can be really stunning.  It is one of my favorite ways of decorating my pottery.  You can make lovely marbled agateware or nerikomi from the clay you have colored. To make colored clay, you need to add a stain or oxide to your clay.  Stains…

how much mason stain to add to colored slip

How Much Stain to Use in Colored Slip? – Making a Test Tile

I love using colored slip to decorate pottery.  It has a velvety finish that you don’t get with most underglaze.  If you want to make your own decorating slip, you’re probably wondering how much stain to use in colored slip? How much stain to use in colored slip, depends on a few factors.   They…

how to make colored slip

How to Make Colored Slip – 3 Easy Ways to Color Clay Slip

Colored slip is a great way to decorate your ceramics.  But it can be expensive to buy, and you may not find exactly the color that you want.  So perhaps you are wondering how to make colored slip. To make colored slip, you mix a powdered oxide or stain with clay slip.  The amount of…

how to remove a pot from the wheel

How to Remove a Pot from the Wheel – Without Crushing It!

So, you’ve just thrown your first pot on the wheel and you are feeling proud.  But how on earth do you get it off the wheel without squashing it?  This post is all about how to remove a pot from the wheel without damaging your pottery. To remove a pot from the wheel, tidy up…

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…