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How To: Use a potato peeler as a fluting tool

In this video, we learn how to use a potato peeler as a fluting tool. First, take your wet pot and then grab the potato peeler. Use broad strokes along the side of the pot and press down hard and you peel the clay off of the sides. You will need to go over the same spot a few times to be able to see, but once you go around the entire pot you will see the different shapes in the marks. Once you are finished going all the way around the pot, your hands will be tired but it will be fluted with t...

How To: Use a potter's wheel and throw pottery

Those looking to begin making pottery, will benefit from the instruction provided by this video pottery tutorial. Center the clay, force the clay to mold to your hand rather than molding the clay, and start throwing pottery. Learn how to use a potter's wheel and begin working with ceramics by watching this instructional video.

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: Throw an upside down double walled pottery vase

In this tutorial, we learn how to throw an upside down double walled pottery vase. Start off by using water every few seconds to craft your vase. Use your fingers to press down in the middle, to make the round shape and have the vase rise up into the air. Make this into a bowl shape, which will be into the air. Next, shape the middle using your hands into a triangle shape. Raise the side bowl around it, and keep using water to increase the size of the bowl. Collar the bowl in, then start to m...

How To: Make a polymer clay pig

Learn how to sculpt a pig out of polymer clay with this free video art lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for those with some familiarity of polymer clay sculpture, novice sculpters should be able to follow along given a little effort. For specifics, including step-by-step instructions, and to get started making your own polymer clay piggies, watch this sculpture tutorial.

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: Throw a small jug and handle

In this how-to video, you will learn how to make a small jug with a handle using a wheel. Place the clay onto the wheel and start spinning it. Grasp it with your hands as it spins and make a vertical shape. Use your thumbs to make the interior bowl shape. Now, use your hands to make the clay more vertical. Keep doing this until you get the desired height. Now, insert your hand into the interior to widen the shape. Make the top more narrow with your fingers. Make the edge stick out as well wit...

How To: Make a mini polymer clay hamburger for a dollhouse

Using multiple layers of clay, garden of imagination shows how to make a hamburger and fries out of polymer clay. This decorative item would then be placed into a miniature dollhouse being displayed as a food item. She rolls a peppercorn on brown clay to give it the texture of meat. She mixes together green and whit clay for lettuce, and uses another piece of clay to ruffle the edges of the lettuce. She uses small round cuts of clay for tomatoes. Using an embroidery needle with a clay handle ...

How To: Make a polymer clay Snoopy head

This video describes how to make a snoopy head from a type of polymer clay. You will need both black and white polymer clay, a blending tool and a ruler. It begins with the main part of the head and moves onto creating the correct structure using a blending tool. It advises using your thumbs to smooth away the creases and cracks from the surface of the snoopy head. After the main part of the face is made, it describes how to create the eyes and ears using the black clay. The eyes and ears are...

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: Pull tall cylinders

Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to pull tall cylinders out of clay using your pottery wheel. This how-to video is not for beginners, but it features detailed instructions and explanations. You'll be throwing and pulling tall cylinders for vases and other types of pottery in no time after watching this instructional video.

How To: Make a mini cupcake polymer cake mold

Use the tread on wire-nut, to create a mold for mini clay cupcakes. Usually used for joining together electrical wires, the repeated lines of the wire-nut will here be used to form the ridges expected on a cupcake bottom. Press the wire-nut into a small piece of clay to form a depression just as big as you want your finished cupcake to be. Bake in the oven to solidify into a mold. Dab the dried mold with a bit of cornstarch or baby powder; this will prevent fresh clay from sticking to it too ...

How To: Make a moose bead out of polymer clay

This video tutorial is going to show you how to make a Moose Bead from Polymer Clay by Garden of Imagination. You begin with clay and make a shape it like the head of the moose as shown in the video. Then take more clay and make the ears and attach them to the head. Now take lighter color clay, cut it out into heart shapes, poke around the edge with a pin, and attach them behind the head. Take a pin and make a hole at the top end of the head to make it a bead. Watch the video to finish the pr...

How To: Recycle scraps of clay

Recycling your clay will allow you to work with your clay longer. Recycling is easy, Abigail shows you how! By adding water to any green, or unfired clay, you can revitalize the scraps leftover from other projects. This helpful video shows how you can keep a scrap bucket and then wedge the clay back to it's original freshness.

How To: Trim bowls

Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to trim your bowls using the pottery wheel and some trimming tools. The instructions in this how-to video are very detailed and best for beginner to intermediate potters with some experience. These tips will help you improve your bowls by trimming them nicely.

How To: Make double-walled and donut pieces

Watch this ceramics video tutorial to learn how to make double-walled and donut pieces, especially teapots. This technique is trite, but can lead to better ideas. The detailed instructions in this how-to video are best for intermediate potters and will have you making nice double-walled and donut pottery in no time.

How To: Throw a clay churn on a pottery wheel

Stephen Hawks, resident potter in Westville, Georgia demonstrates how to throw a churn on a foot-wheel in two joined pieces. This fully functional clay churn can be used to make butter. Learn how to throw clay onto a foot-wheel pottery wheel to shape a butter churn by watching this video ceramics tutorial.

How To: Make a cappuccino mug

In this online video series, learn how to make a cappuccino mug from ceramics expert Susan Ting. Susan will teach you how to center porcelain clay on a potter's wheel, how to open the clay, and how to pull it up to create the basic shape of a cappuccino mug. She will show you how to form the shape of a cappuccino coffee mug, how to remove it from the potter's wheel, how to trim the bottom of the pot, and how to attach a handle to the cappuccino mug. Learn also how the firing and glazing proce...

How To: Make an incense burner out of clay

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 swirl to create the incense burner or use any other desired shape. You can also do pinch pot type shapes. To make an incense burner, you'll need a ball of scrap clay, a blade, and a rod. Use the rod to flatten pieces of a c...

How To: Make a clay planter

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.

How To: Use wood ash to prep pots for the kiln

In this video, we learn how to use wood ash to prep pots for the kiln. First, grab wood ash and place it into a container that sprays. After this, blow in the appropriate hole and hold the container so the ash gets all over your pots. Continue to do this all the way around the pots. You will get out of breath while doing this, so take your take and take breaks to breathe. Make sure you do this in a quick amount of time so the ash inside the container stays ready to be blown. After this, the p...