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? …

frozen clay and glaze

Frozen Clay and Glaze – Can it Be Used and What to Do?

If you work in a cold pottery studio or workshop you may have encountered the problem of frozen clay and glaze. When exposed to frigid temperatures, such as the winter climate, clay and glazes tend to freeze. This is because they have moisture as a component. Moisture, which is basically water, expands to form crystals…

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…

Stoneware vs earthenware

Stoneware Vs Earthenware – How Do They Differ?

In the field of pottery, there are lots of different types of ceramic ware.  Very broadly, ‘ware’ is a term used to refer to pottery objects, in their different stages of being made.  You may have wondered what the difference is between stoneware and earthenware.  This article will compare stoneware vs earthenware, and in particular,…

where is clay found

Where Is Clay Found? – How to Get Your Hands on Clay Soil

Clay is dug up from the ground and processed so it can be used to make pottery. Often it is manufacturers who mine the clay and transport it to a processing plant. Sometimes it is individual potters who want to be self-sufficient. But this raises the question, where is clay found? Good clay for pottery…

how to get rid of mold on clay

How to Get Rid of Mold on Clay – 7 Ways to Clean Moldy Clay

Finding that your pottery clay has gone moldy is very common.  Clay needs to be kept moist to stay workable and it contains organic matter.  These are perfect conditions for the growth of mold.  So, what can you do if you open up your bag of clay and it’s growing green and black mold?  Here…

what is fired clay called

What is Fired Clay Called? – The 3 Main Terms For Fired Clay

The world of clay is full of terms that might sound a bit odd when you first encounter them.  If you are new to ceramics, you might have found yourself wondering ‘what is fired clay called?’  Here is an overview of three main terms that are used to refer to clay that has been fired.   …

what is leather hard clay

What is Leather Hard Clay? And Why is it so Useful?

Before it is fired, clay goes through three distinct stages.  The first stage is when it is soft, plastic, and workable.  The second stage is when it is leather hard.  And the third stage is when it is bone dry.  This article is all about leather hard clay.  So, what is leather hard clay and…

best clay for handbuilding

Best Clay for Handbuilding – Tips on Choosing Pottery Clay

If you are making pottery without a wheel, you may be wondering about the best clay for handbuilding.  Pottery clay for handbuilding needs to have certain properties.  In this article, I will look at what those properties are and which clay you will find them in. The best clay for handbuilding is stoneware or earthenware…

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…

best clay for raku pottery

The Best Clay for Raku Pottery – Choosing a Raku Clay

When I started looking into raku firing, I was keen to avoid my pottery cracking as it cooled.  I knew that it was common for potters to lose their work as it was taken from the raku kiln.  So, I started to look into what might be the best clay for raku pottery, and this…

Why does pottery clay crack when drying

8 Reasons Pottery Clay Cracks When Drying – 11 Solutions

Pottery clay cracks when drying if some parts of the piece dry out more quickly than others. When clay dries, it shrinks. If one part of the clay is shrinking faster than the other, this puts an internal strain on the pottery. The clay cracks to cope with the strain.