Pottery clay

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…

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…

what is earthenware made of

What is Earthenware Made of? – Earthenware Pottery 101

Earthenware pottery is everywhere.  It is used to make everything from roof tiles, building bricks, plant pots, and dinnerware.  So, what is this amazingly versatile material called earthenware?  And exactly what is earthenware made of?  Here is your answer in a nutshell: Earthenware is traditionally made from ‘red earthenware’ clay or ‘red terra-cotta’.  However, some…

what happens to clay when it is fired

What Happens to Clay When it is Fired in a Kiln?

Usually, clay is fired two times.  The first time is the bisque fire and the second time is the glaze fire.  Clay undergoes changes during both of these firing processes.  And this article is all about what happens to clay when it is fired in a bisque and a glaze fire. In essence, when clay…

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…

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…

what is pottery clay made of

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…

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…

dry hands from pottery clay

Dry Hands from Pottery Clay – 10 Tips for Skin and Nails

There is no way around it, pottery and clay are hard on the hands.  The other day as I gave my toddlers cheek a playful tweak.  And I notice how red and dry my skin was compared to her alabaster face.  This is partly due to life wear and tear.  But it’s definitely made worse…