When you put your hands into pottery clay, there’s a good chance you’ll never want to stop. Just go by any ceramics class or community craft center and look at the people working on pottery and you’ll see one happy group of involved people of all ages enjoying the thrill of creating with their hands. Unlike a phone app, music download or video game, once you possess a pottery technique, it’s yours for life.
How to Make Pottery: How to Learn Pottery Techniques and Enjoy Working with Clay is the resource you need to get off to a good start in the pottery studio. From a simple slab building project, to pottery glazing tips, to expert advice on firing your handmade pottery in a ceramic kiln, this free download has the information you'll need to build a strong foundation in the ceramic arts.
How to Make Pottery: How to Learn Pottery Techniques and Enjoy Working with Clay also includes the following great articles:
Clay Slab Project: Plates
by Amanda Wilton-Green
A good first project for those interested in learning pottery is to make slab plates. This project uses simple tools but has endless possibilities. Using Chinet plates for molds, you can learn how to work with clay, make slabs and decorate pottery.
Pinch Pots: A Fundamental Pottery Technique with Incredible Results
by Emily Schroeder Willis
Pinch pots are often the first thing taught in a beginning pottery class because they require very few tools and are a great way to get familiar with the properties of pottery clay. But that doesn't mean you can't make sophisticated forms with this method. In fact, the beauty of this technique is that the only limiting factor is your imagination. piIn this project, coil potter Emily Schroeder Willis shows how to make a beautiful pinched pitcher.
Mixing Clay for Pottery
by Richard Zakin and Frederick Bartolovic
Most of us buy premixed pottery clay neatly pugged and packaged in a plastic bag. But some potters choose to mix their own to have more creative control over their work. The easiest way to do this is with a clay mixer, but if you want to test a small batch, you might want to mix by hand. Richard Zakin and Frederick Bartolovic explain how to mix small or large batches!
Pottery Wheel Throwing: A 3-Stage Approach
by Jake Allee
Teaching throwing is challenging even to the best of pottery instructors. Jake Allee approaches the topic with his students on several levels that include reading, visual diagrams, demonstrations and hands-on technique. Whether you want to teach pottery throwing or you’re wanting to learn on your own, Jake has some advice for you.
How to Glaze Pottery
by Annie Chrietzberg
For a lot of people learning pottery techniques, glazing can be the party pooper for an otherwise extremely fun time. It doesn’t have to be. When glazing is done right, the piece you’ve spent so much time on can really be outstanding. Annie Chrietzberg offers 12 steps for successful glazing.
About Ceramic Arts Daily
Ceramic Arts Daily is a free online resource and newsletter written and produced for the benefit of potters and ceramic artists worldwide. The newsletter features both renowned and emerging artists, their work, techniques and artistic perspectives. Regular features include tips and techniques designed to help every artist expand their skill set and widen their artistic horizons.
Ceramic Arts Daily is designed to be interactive, inviting your comments and fostering a community in which each person can contribute to the growth of their own and others’ skills. You may be surprised at what you learn!
Ceramic artists on Ceramic Arts Daily know what ceramic art is all about - from functional pottery to abstract ceramic sculpture. This is about community. You’ll be drawn in by artists’ stories, inspired by their work and find confidence to try some of their techniques. With Ceramic Arts Daily, you’ll learn a little bit of everything. Then you can choose the techniques you enjoy the most to create something new!
So start today by downloading our free How to Make Pottery: How to Learn Pottery Techniques and Enjoy Working with Clay. Then, get ready for Ceramic Arts Daily to introduce you to new artists and show you new techniques!