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How To: Set up a kiln

Before starting out on any pottery projects, you need to set up that kiln. This video how-to series demonstrates the safe and proper set-up procedure for your new kiln. Learn where to set up the kiln, unpack, and assemble. Follow along with the video and have fun with ceramics. Set up a kiln.

How To: Join two pieces of soft clay

Check out this video to learn a technique for attaching soft clay to soft clay. No scoring or slip is needed. By just applying firm pressure to get a good strong joint. The small clay coil is used to reinforce the joints, and the blending is to make sure both parts are joint securely. Finally give a little pull to the new piece of clay that was attached, to test how good the joints are. If it comes loose than you are not applying enough pressure in joining the two pieces together. Finally, if...

How To: Make a clay goblet

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 goblet in this free video clip. Make a clay goblet - Part 1 of 10.

How To: Make ceramic flower pots

In this video series, our expert potter will demonstrate how to make ceramic flower pots and vases. You will get easy to follow step-by-step instructions on how to wedge and prepare clay, and how to throw a variety of flower pots on the pottery wheel. You will also get tips and advice on flower pot designs and decorations. If you have some experience with pottery, this video will give you the tools and advice you will need to make a beautiful and decorative flower pot.

How To: Prepare clay for wheel throwing

Georgia Tech resident pottery instructor, Trip, describes how to knead clay and get it ready for use on the wheel. First you need a piece of soft scrap or fresh clay. When kneading, or wedging the clay, try to force out all of the air bubbles. The kneading board should help to absorb excess moisture. Test the kneaded clay by slicing it with a wire cutter to check for air bubbles.

How To: Make a butter dish

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 making your own butter dish in no time.

How To: Do glaze trailing and pouring for pottery

Simon Leach teaches us how to glaze trailing and pouring for pottery. First, you will dip the entire pot into the glaze after you have poured it into the middle. Wind up your wrist as you are pouring it out so you cover all of the sides in it. Just dip it down a little bit so it goes over the edge of the tip to cover the mouth of it. To use a balloon wand, fill it with the glaze and then use this to glaze the pots. Simply drop the liquid onto the pot in straight lines as you are turning it wi...

How To: Pierce carve a clay pottery bowl

Ingleton Pottery demonstrates how to pierce carve a clay pottery bowl. First, form your bowl on a potter's wheel. Then take a blade to the undried clay bowl and score your design into the bowl using the piercing technique. Gently press out the design so that the clay is removed from the negative space created by the scoring marks. Continue making the design around the bowl. You can make intricate designs around the bowl using the piercing and scoring technique. Be careful not to damage the bo...

How To: Throw quick ceramic plates

Watch this instructional ceramics video to learn how to throw a quick plate. Simply center your clay and create a wide disc before beginning the hole. Pull the lip of the plate out with a sponge. It is important to compress the rim. The most difficult step is to pay attention to the of the lip to widen the edge into a plate without breaking the clay or making it look like a bowl.

How To: Throw a lamp base

You all the know the scene from Ghost? Where Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore are sitting and they are trying to make something using the machine? It's one of the most iconic scenes out there. Anyways, this video isn't about ghosts, or either of those actors, but rather that machine and what it can do. This tutorial will show you how to throw a lamp base easily. Enjoy!

How To: Attach a vase neck to a pot

For more complicated pottery pieces, it's not possible to make the entire pot at once, but rather make two pieces to be attached later. This video pottery making tutorial shows how to attach a vase neck onto a pot. See as the two pieces are scored and sewn together. Learn how to attach a neck onto pot made out of ceramic clay by watching this instructional video.

How To: Prepare Raku ceramics for glazing

Simon Leach from Simon Leach Ceramics provides some great workshop footage on preparing to glaze Raku ceramic pots. This tutorial video provides answers on the beauty and function of Raku pots, as well as some great ideas for home decoration. Simon walks you through the process of glazing these pots, including important specifics about proper materials and methods, easy recipes for making your materials and tools at home, as well as common mistakes that you should avoid when glazing your cera...

How To: Attach a handle to a pitcher

Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to put a handle on your pitcher. This part of the process is easy enough for beginners, and the detailed instructions in this helpful how-to video will help potters of any level seamlessly attach handles to their pitchers.

How To: Trim using chuck

Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to trim your pottery using chuck. This technique and the tips on how to do it are best for intermediate potters with some experience. This instructional video will have you trimming you pottery using a chuck in no time.

How To: Make a wiggle cup or spiral bowl

Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to make a wiggle cup, a loose spiral bowl similar to a faceted bowl used mainly with wood firing. The detailed instructions in this helpful how-to video will allow intermediate to advanced potters to make wiggle cups or loose spiral bowls.

How To: Reuse clay scrap

This video pottery making tutorial shows how to go about reusing trimmings and slop from the clay forming process. Once clay has been fired, it can't be made workable clay again, but slip and clay trimmings can. Learn how to reuse clay scarp by watching this instructional tutorial.

How To: Make coils with clay

In this how to video, you will how to create clay coils. You will need clay about the size of your fist, water, and a knife. Pound the clay 200 times to get all the air out. Cut a slice from the clay and roll it in your hands. It should be a log shape. Now place it on a surface. Roll it back and forth until it is to the thickness you want. Water the clay coils and score the ends of it. Push the ends together and rub all the cracks out with water so that it sticks. Wet the sides of the two coi...

How To: Make a polymer clay zebra bead

This video demonstrates the making of zebra beads presented by Garden of Imagination. To make zebra beads, take white and black clay. First take the white clay and flatten it and then do the same with the black clay. Arrange them in five flatten layers one white strip and other black strip respectively. Cut it with cutter and fold around (up, down, right, left) the round bead of white clay and roll it in your palm to make it round. To make it as a bead poke it with pokeyard from both the side...

How To: Throw a wavy edged pottery bowl

This video illustrates the method of throwing a wavy edged pottery bowl. This process comprises of the following stepsStep 1This process needs clay, pottery wheel and water in a bowl.Step 2Place the clay on the moving wheel.Step 3Now give the clay a desired shape with the help of your hands.Step 4keep wetting your hands at desired intervals and insert your fingers inside the clay so that it gives you the shape of a bowl.Step 5When your desired shape and size is ready take the clay bowl out of...

How To: Flute a ceramic jar

Simon Leach teaches the easy way on how to flute a ceramic jar! Using the axel blade, you can make a simple straight down flute on the jar. Keep it going straight and make it as smooth as possible as you move around the jar. You can also make a flute on the lid of the jar if you prefer, but notably, less is more. Follow these pointers and you'll make a perfect flute for your jar!

How To: Center a large piece of clay

Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn some good ways to center large amounts of clay. The example used in this instructional video is a 15-pound lump of clay. This how-to video will teach you how to easily center larger amounts of clay on your pottery wheel.

How To: Make a polymer clay spider

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. Enjoy!