Steps in Making your Own Clay Pieces

In this segment, you will learn the different methods in making your own Pieces. 

Oven bake, air dry, or polymer clay do not need a ceramic kiln.

They are either air dry or are baked in a basic oven. Due to cost, they are best used for little items such as fashion jewelry, ornaments, and so on. The oven and air dry clays are comparable in look and texture to a natural clay. Polymer clay can be found in various intense colors (sort of like playdo!) and can be made into gorgeous styles which end up being plastic-like when fired.

Handbuilding with basic clay.

The possibilities are endless for handbuilt ceramics. It needs the use of a ceramic kiln (see above). But otherwise, the financial investment required is extremely low. Clay itself is economical with only $ 6-10 per 25-pound bag. A rolling pin, newspapers or cloth, and other regular family products are all that are needed. With a book on hand building, most anyone must have the ability to start making pieces by themselves.

Pottery wheel tossing with standard clay.

Again, a ceramic kiln is required. And once you are a knowledgeable thrower you will unquestionably want a big ceramic kiln, since you will produce pieces a lot more rapidly than in hand building. However, at the start, I would suggest joining a class if at all possible. You can learn to throw from books and even better, videos, and some people do. But it is challenging. It requires some time to get used to it, for tossing, and can, therefore, get aggravating unless you have interaction with a trainer and see other trainees having a hard time as you are. Most individuals without any experience, purchasing a pottery wheel and attempting it out on their own, would get annoyed and give up. The class will offer you direction, a ceramic kiln, and ceramic glazes, so you do not have to fret about that rather yet. Your only financial investment will be the expense of the pottery class, and perhaps some materials expenses such as clay and a fundamental toolset for under $20. Eventually, you will discover that you don’t want to be constrained by the hours of the pottery class and that you desire total control over your work. For that reason others do not smudge the glaze, break, damage or take your ceramic pieces), or that you desire to do things beyond the ability of your class studio. At this point, getting your pottery wheel is advisable, and ceramic kiln unless you have access to someone else’s kiln. Nevertheless, if you are a client, you might continue to construct your pottery tossing abilities, never shooting anything but instead recycling the clay to be thrown again. It is tempting to finish up each piece at the start because you are pleased with it, however quickly you will dislike the look of those early pieces! So not even shooting them at all would be an excellent method. While you remain in the intermediate phase, assuming you are shooting your work, clay extruder is advised. The reason is that you can make usage of the various little cylinders you will toss, by putting great handles on them and making mugs. Otherwise, practice making hand pulled handles (shown in most pottery strategy books.).


In this case, you purchase or make plaster molds, into which you pour liquid clay (slip.) The slip coats the within the mold, so when it hardens, and you pull the mold away, a cast piece remains prepared to decorate and fire. It would appear like if you put slip into a mold, you would get a strong piece of clay. However, the slip just sticks to the within surface of the mold at a particular density. You put out the remainder of the slip. When the piece dries, it diminishes and separates from the plaster leaving you with a hollow piece.

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