When you put a ball of clay in your hands, you just want to start making something---it’s so natural it’s uncanny. And while equipment is used to make a lot of the pottery in the world, using just your hands or a simple paddle and rolling pin can produce awesome results! Discover how to make pottery using three simple techniques, but with a twist. Make a pinch pot really big, make coil pottery from flat coils, save a step and make leather hard hump molds instead of ceramic bisque molds, use a paper plate as a press mold, or make square slab pots with great textures. All you need is a ball of clay in your hands.
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How to Make Molded Plates Using a Paper Plate as a Press Mold
by Amanda Wilton-Green
Chinet plates make excellent press molds that provide great surfaces!
Using a Leatherhard Clay Mold
by Lauren Sandler
Most potters use ceramic bisque molds or plaster molds for slump/hump or press molds. But you don't have to go to all that trouble. In this article, Lauren Sandler demonstrates an alternative to ceramic bisque molds using a leatherhard form.
Three Element Plates
by Birdie Boone
Birdie Boone uses Bristol board templates and hump molds to make her plates.
A Quintessential Handbuilt Vase
by Brenda Quinn
How to handbuild pottery using molded sections.
Using Textured Slabs to Create Square Nesting Bowls
by Annie Chrietzberg
Because clay is a lot like dough, there are a lot of tools and gadgets in the kitchen you can take to the pottery. Annie loves to scour garage sales and kitchen stores for unique implements to use in the studio, and her creations really rock! Using graduated tart tins with scalloped edges, she demonstrates how to make textured nesting bowls using a simple slab building method.
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