I’ve been inspired! I thought I would give you a little bit of a basic how to guide on making a clay pot! At the end of the article I have linked you to a great little video
Clay for beginners
Are you looking to learn how to make clay pottery? Then you have come at just the right place. Pottery may be just a usual time-pass for you, or it might constitute a bigger part of your life. Whatever may be the case, if you are just starting out, there are two options for you. You could either enroll yourself in a pottery class for beginners or try learning it yourself. If you are choosing the latter option, then these tips might come in handy for you.
Why work with clay?
There is absolutely no doubt that earth and mud is fascinating. It is never boring. There is always something more to learn, more to try out, and more to create. It will also lend to your skill level, regardless of whatever your level of skill would be.
Where is the best place to work?
Clay is best kept in a place of its own or in an outbuilding. This is because the dust is very fine. This makes it difficult for the home vacuum cleaners to pick up these fine specks of dust. So you can try out the following surfaces for working with mud:
- Floors which are impervious to water and are easy to clean. These include linoleum and concrete
- A place where you can get easy access to water. However, be careful so that none of the earth goes down the drains. It will then clog up the drains and put the whole draining system upside down!
- A sturdy table such as a kitchen table
- A surface which will not stick to clay
- Sturdy shelves for storing drying pots
- A cabinet or other storage area for glazes. This should remain out of reach of pets and children.
How to make a basic pinch pot
Pinch pots are known to be the beginner’s guide to pottery making. It can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to form the pot. An additional one or two weeks may be required for the pot to dry.
- Begin with a lump of clay which is half as large or slightly smaller than your closed wrist. Then form it into a tight and compact ball.
- Hold the ball of mud firmly in one hand. With the other hand, use your thumb to push an opening into the earth. This should end about a half or a quarter of an inch from the other side of the ball.
- Using your thumb, try pushing your fingers in a pinching motion. This will thin out the clay to create the floors and walls of the pot. Do not try to thin it out in one go. Instead, use smaller pinches to work the mud upwards and outwards as it thins.
- Keep working to make the wall and floor as thick as possible. This is to prevent the pot from cracking.
- As a last touch, you can either keep top edges to give your pot a rustic look. Or you can add a more sophisticated touch by trimming the edges.
- The finished pot should then be placed in a safe place where it can be allowed to dry at its own pace. This is because the process of fast cooling can result in the formation of cracks.