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Starting out with Ceramics

Pottery is a great hobby for anyone, but it can be difficult to get started. Pottery can require a lot of specialized tools, equipment, and materials. But that shouldn’t stop you from trying it out to see if it’s for you. There are a lot of great options to get started without building a personal studio. 1. Find a local … Continue Reading →


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Build Your Own Raku Kiln

Raku is an exciting way to get into pottery firing. It can be expensive to buy a commercial kiln, so I’ve created this DIY article to show you how to build a cheap raku kiln that can be used for raku and bisque firing. We’ll use materials and tools that you can find in local hardware stores. Assembling your own … Continue Reading →


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The Different Stages Of Ceramic Clay

If you are new to ceramics and you’ve been hearing terms like ‘bone dry’ and ‘leather hard’, it is easy to be confused. As you work with clay, it will go through several stages before you complete your piece. These stages correspond to the workability and dryness of the clay, as well as the number of firings the clay has … Continue Reading →


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Great Beginner Clay Tools

  Whether you are throwing or hand building clay, a beginner set of tools will get you off on the right foot. I’ve looked around and found this SE 4PT8 8-Piece Pottery Tool set has all of the tools that I use for 95% of my work. Lets take a look at each tool and it’s purpose. A good sponge. I’ll … Continue Reading →


Ceramic Cone Temperatures

When you first start looking at ordering clay bodies, you’ll see ‘cone rating’ as one of the characteristics that can affect your decision. What is a cone rating? Cone ratings specify what temperature the clay body is intended to be fired at. The term cone comes from pyrometric cones that are placed in the kiln before firing. These cones will … Continue Reading →


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Ceramic Clay Types

Each ceramic clay body seller has their own catalog of recipes, which can make selecting a clay body daunting. The three major categories of clay bodies are earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. Within these three categories there are numerous different blends available for specific ceramic arts. Each clay supplier will have their own recipe for clay, so a stoneware clay from … Continue Reading →


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Ceramics Clay Basics

There are many different choices when it comes to choosing the correct ceramic clay. The most important consideration is your intended use for the clay. The type of clay that is perfect for hand building may be an unsuitable choice for wheel throwing. There are a few characteristics to look for in your ceramic clay body.   Plasticity – Probably … Continue Reading →