handbuilding pottery

pinch pot mug

Pinch Pot Mug – 2 Ways to Make a Mug Without a Wheel

Making a pinch pot mug is simple, and like anything the more you practice the easier it will become. Once you have mastered the pinching technique you can get creative and find your style.   In this article, I will show you my two favorite ways to make a pinch pot mug.  This is a…

how thick should a pinch pot be

How Thick Should a Pinch Pot Be? – Pinch Pot Walls

Making pinch pottery is very tactile.  As you pinch your pot you will feel the thickness of the clay between your fingers and thumb.  But just how thick should a pinch pot be?  Exactly how thick you want your pinch pot to be is a matter of personal choice and taste.  However, there are a…

how to make a pinch pot

How to Make a Pinch Pot – 3 Ways to Make Pinch Pots

Pinch pots are one of the easiest and fastest ways of hand building pottery.  Once you have mastered the basic pinch pot technique you can use it to make a lot of clay projects.  So, I thought I’d write a step-by-step guide on how to make a pinch pot. In this article, I start off…

smooth coil pots with a template

How to Make Smooth Coil Pots – With and Without a Template

When making smooth coil pots, the coiling method is used to construct the pot.  However, the coils themselves are smoothed away, rather than left as part of the decorative design of the pot.  You can make smooth coil pots either with a template or without.  This article will give you a step-by-step guide for each…

how to make coil pots

How to Make Coil Pots – 5 Great Coil Pottery Techniques

Coil pottery is a great way to hand-build pots.  You can make lovely, strong pots with character and individuality using simple coiling methods.  This article is a step-by-step guide on how to make coil pots.  I will look at 5 different coil pottery techniques so you can experiment and decide which one you enjoy most. …

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…