Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to use the technique of raku firing. This process requires caution due to high temperatures. This instructional video is full of helpful tips for how to raku fire, but it is not for beginners. Part 1 of 2 - How to Raku fire. Par ...more
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Simon Leach shows us how to fire Raku.
Ceramics can be fun! Learn how to create clay pottery such as pinch pots, coil pots, and mugs in this free arts and crafts video series. Part 1 of 20 - How to Learn the basics about ceramics & pottery. Learn the basics about ceramics & pottery - Part 2 of 20. Click through to ...more
Clay pottery requires patience and detail with every tool you use to hand craft your piece. Learn about clay forming tips that you will need from a pottery expert to create a luminary in this free video clip. Make a clay luminary - Part 1 of 8. Click through to watch this vide ...more
In this 2 part how-to video, Simon Leach, who normally shows you how to make pottery, instead shows you something else. In this tutorial, Leach shows you how to make and build a small propane downdraft kiln. Follow along with Simon Leach, and you too could be building your own ...more
This method of making glaze utilizes environmental supplies. That way there's no need to rely on a clay supply store, so it's great to save money or time if it's a distance to the nearest supplier. Watch this video pottery tutorial and learn how to make a simple ceramic glaze ...more
This video tutorial shows how to mix your own clay body. Covered are the basic types of clay, fluxes, and fillers. When testing clay body mixtures, make 1000 gram batches dry, then add water to that. This way a percentage recipe can be taken and just by moving the decimal poin ...more
Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to make your own butter dish. If you don't use butter, you can follow the same process to make a slightly bigger dish for cheese. This project is easy enough for beginners. The tips in this helpful how-to video will have you maki ...more
In this video, we learn how to make a ceramic slab plate. First, roll out the ceramic. After this, place the clay on butcher or newspaper and smooth it out with a plastic card. Repeat this on the other side. Next, use a paper template to help cut your design or use a circular ...more
Wedging and kneading is essential before throwing clay on a pottery wheel, or shaping by hand, in order to get rid of air bubbles that may cause the pottery to explode while firing in the kiln. There are many different techniques to wedge and knead, but this video ceramic desi ...more
A Shino glaze is an umbrella term for a category of pottery glazes that range in color from milky white to orange and even charcoal gray. Chino glazes add a very pretty luster to pottery pieces and are made using a carbon trap, or trapping carbon in the glaze during kiln firin ...more
Watch this instructional ceramics video to learn how to polish a piece of hand built clay sculpture before you fire it. Every piece of hand built clay sculpture should dry very slowly to avoid cracking. Use the back of a spoon to slowly polish out any imperfections on a smooth ...more
Are you looking to make your pottery projects more quickly and with less stress? Then this is the perfect tutorial for you. Lakeside Pottery shows you step by step how to flatten and shape a flat form pottery piece using a chattering technique. The chattering technique involv ...more
A mortar and pestle is a pair of tools that has been used since antiquity for grinding spices. This tutorial shows you how to turn some raw clay into a ceramic mortar and pestle on a pottery wheel. Make sure to glaze it using non-toxic glaze! Part 1 of 3 - How to Throw clay mo ...more
Printer toner has enough iron oxide in it to allow ceramic artists to transfer the images onto unfired clay. Then, when you fire the clay, the image will be transfered onto the piece, without having to deal with extra painting or glazing.
Simon Leach shares tips for kneading clay. He demonstrates the Japanese spiral wedging technique.
In this three-part how-to from everyone's favorite potter (wizard children notwithstanding), Simon Leach talks about the process of building a small raku kiln. For insight into Mr. Leach's kiln-building process, watch this helpful how-to. Part 1 of 3 - How to Build a small rak ...more
In this video pottery-making tutorial, Simon uses a white slip made from half china clay and half stoneware clay. Slip is an alternative to glaze for finishing a potted project. Simon also demonstrates an easy project to make a paint brush holder that will keep tools in place ...more
In this ceramics video series, learn how to make terracotta clay sculptures from ceramics art expert Chitrotpola Mukherjee. Chitrotpola will teach you all about making clay sculptures including how to make multiple clay molds using dies, how to bake clay before glazing, how t ...more
Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to use some more advanced glazing techniques to make the inside different than the outside. The detailed instructions in this helpful how-to video are best for intermediate to advanced potters who want to glaze both the inside an ...more
Ilysa and Kira with Polymer Clay TV demonstrate how to make an incense burner out of clay. An incense burner is a great way to use up a lot of your scrap clay. You can also use molds, embellishments and pigments to create your incense burner. You can roll up your clay in a swi ...more
Watch this helpful ceramics video to learn how to throw a few types of lids for wheel thrown pots. Our guide forms a gallery lid, using calipers to measure the inside distance of the rim of the pot. The calipers can then be used to adjust the width of the lid piece. Part 1 of ...more
This simple vase is thrown on a pottery wheel from the same piece of clay in under six minutes. See as the clay takes shape to make a vase. Watch this video pottery making tutorial and learn how to quickly throw a simple ceramic vase.
This video pottery tutorial shows how to throw and facet a clay bowl on a pottery wheel. Demonstrating potter, Simon Leach, shows the entire process for making a low bowl, beginning with kneading the clay on the wheel, to sculpting the bowl by hand, and ending with faceting th ...more
A thrown, fired, and dried piece of stoneware can be dipped in porcelain and sponge dried to create a unique effect. The porcelain can then be carved for further design. Learn how to use porcelain slip to carve decoration into a piece of stoneware by watching this video cerami ...more
Looking for a fun and easy art project to share with the kids? Learn how to make a polymer clay bowl with expert craft tips in this free video series. Part 1 of 14 - How to Make a bowl out of polymer clay. Make a bowl out of polymer clay - Part 2 of 14. Click through to watch ...more
Clay pottery is a fun and creative art form that can be done with slabs of clay and not only on a spinning wheel. This free video clip series will show you several tips on how to construct a slab planter and open a world of design ideas for you. Part 1 of 25 - How to Make a cl ...more
Create your own personal seal from a piece of clay! This tutorial shows you the process, starting with a large piece of smooth clay, to cut your chosen sigil into the clay. Make sure you draw the sigil on in reverse. Now all you need is a letter and some sealing wax!
Ceramic beer steins are a creative and festive way to practice your pottery skills. Learn how to create your very own beer stein in this free ceramics video series. Part 1 of 19 - How to Make ceramic beer steins. Make ceramic beer steins - Part 2 of 19. Click through to watch ...more
Clay pottery is a fun and creative art form that can be done with slabs of clay and not only on a spinning wheel. This free video clip series will show you several tips on how to construct a clay pie pan and open a world of design ideas for you. Part 1 of 6 - How to Make a cla ...more
A terra cotta slip can add flair and durability to any pot that you've made at home, and also allow you to make up for inconsistencies in the composition of your clay. This video from Simon Leach shows you how to apply just such a terra cotta slip to a clay pot, an important t ...more
This cool tutorial is perfect for teachers or parents interested in keeping their little ones entertained. You'll be finding out how to make a polymer clay spider with ease. These spiders are cute and sure won't scare anybody since they're fake and too big to be real spiders. ...more
Use a piece of wood to act as a bat to square off shapes when soft leather hard, evening them up more as the clay hardens. This ensures a smooth and professional finish on a clay pottery project. Watch this video pottery-making tutorial and learn how to square a clay pot befor ...more
She teaches us how to make a beautiful jewelry pendant for a necklace out of polymer clay. She starts with kneading a black base. She then sends it through a pasta machine. After she has a black flat sheet she rolls it into a ball again. Then, she takes the other five colors a ...more
Simon Leach shows us how to light a small kiln.
Watch this instructional ceramics video to throw a tall cylinder on a pottery wheel. Using one hand to act as a brace, it is necessary to keep to a careful process of slowly pulling the clay upwards with even pressure until the clay walls are about 1/4" thick. The tall cylinde ...more
This is a video tutorial of decorating bisque with red iron oxide. Red iron oxide can be layered, fired, watered-down, and used in many ways to add a finish to a piece of bisque pottery. Bisqueware absorbs the color easily, so the two materials work well together. Pick up some ...more
Simon Leach shows us how to make a bell out of clay.
In this video by Simon Leach, we learn how to fit a lamp base into pottery with Simon Leach. First, you will take the lamp base that has all the wires inside of it. From here, you will wire the cables through the proper fittings for the light. Then, you need to put a hole in t ...more
Watch this instructional ceramics video to learn how to throw a wide bowl with Simon Leach. As a preliminary step, one should throw a flat piece of clay onto the pad to assure easy lifting off of the bat. Centering is quite difficult with a larger piece of clay. Leach's visual ...more