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  • Bird silhouette wall hanging

    Bird silhouette wall hanging

    11th September 2020

    Inspiration for this project comes from the silhouette outlines used to record the features of people in times before photography was invented. The principle is easily adapted to outlines of birds and animals   You will need: Stiff card Cutting…

  • Gift tags

    Gift tags

    8th September 2020

    These little gift tags make the act of giving truly personal and special. What better way can there be to show someone how much you care about them? They are easy to make for all occasions   For your gift…

  • Pinch pebble planters

    Pinch pebble planters

    15th July 2020

    Cacti and succulents look fabulous in these little planters, especially when grouped together. They are quick and easy to make so you should be able to turn out your own little arrangement in no time at all   You will…

  • Slab bird house

    Slab bird house

    7th June 2020

    With spring now firmly established, this bird house is the perfect home for your garden visitors.  Make sure you place it in the shade, or it’ll get too hot inside for the birds   You will need: Card to make…

  • Mayco workshop at Potclays

    Mayco workshop at Potclays

    16th May 2020

    Jacqui Atkin reports Mayco’s Bre Kathman explains glaze combinations in the company’s Stoneware range to workshop attendees You will have noticed over the 39 issues of ClayCraft that I use a lot of branded brush-on glazes to decorate the projects. This…

  • Plaster orb mould

    Plaster orb mould

    16th May 2020

    A basic globe-shaped mould is probably one of the most useful the potter can have because it can be used in so many ways. From slip casting to press moulding, you will be able to produce items as diverse as…

  • Pinch puffin

    Pinch puffin

    10th May 2020

    The puffin is such comical and endearing bird and makes a great subject to replicate in clay because of its interesting shape and colouring   You will need: Stoneware or earthenware Liquid underglaze colours – black, red, blue, yellow, orange.…

  • Paper clay dogs

    Paper clay dogs

    7th April 2020

    These are simple modelled forms that require minimal skill to create, making them a super project to do with children. Giving the dogs colourful coats makes them look jolly and individual. Make a few to display in groups   You…

  • Herb stakes and plant markers

    Herb stakes and plant markers

    7th April 2020

    This is a quick and easy project for all those gardeners out there who might like to make their pots more exciting with individual plant stakes. If you don’t garden yourself, the stakes make lovely gifts to give to someone…

  • Handbuilt salt and pepper shakers

    Handbuilt salt and pepper shakers

    7th April 2020

    These adorable little salt and pepper shakers are functional and decorative!   You will need: for the shakers Earthenware clay Wooden tools and ribs Stoppers for the underside – note you will need these before you begin, to gauge the…