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  • Adding colour to clay part 1

    Adding colour to clay part 1

    24th March 2020

    This project is the first in a series on adding colour to clay for different effects. You will learn how to colour your clay, then use it in combination with other colours to make exciting and unique forms in an…

  • Paperclay slab animals

    Paperclay slab animals

    24th March 2020

    The inspiration for this project came from the charming but rudimentary metal animals that can be bought as souvenirs when you’re on holiday   Adapting the shapes to clay isn’t difficult because of the malleable nature of the material, and…

  • Correct crazing in glazes

    Correct crazing in glazes

    5th January 2020

    How to correct crazing by Linda Bloomfield Crazing or crackle is a problem in glazes where the glaze is too small for the clay body. On cooling in the kiln, the glaze shrinks more than the clay, and a network…

  • How to make paper clay

    How to make paper clay

    2nd September 2019

    Paper clay is an amazing material which you can buy readymade from most clay suppliers. It comes in all clay types, to meet all of your making needs – earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, red, white, grogged, and so on.   Regular…

  • Pinched rabbit project

    Pinched rabbit project

    12th August 2019

    This little pinched rabbit is built by enlarging semi-spheres with coiled additions, which are in turn pinched, to make larger sections to join together. The technique is used to increase size for all pinched forms, whether open or closed   You…

  • Making underglaze pencils

    Making underglaze pencils

    18th July 2019

    Underglaze pencils are great for people who like to draw graphic images or create painterly effects on their ceramic surfaces. Here’s how to make your own   General information on underglaze pencils Commercially available underglaze pencils or crayons usually come…

  • Making a rhubarb forcer – coil build

    Making a rhubarb forcer – coil build

    19th March 2019

    The arrival of spring always makes me want to get out into the garden, and on my list of things to make for many years has been a rhubarb forcer. Although it may not be a ‘must make’ for everyone,…

  • Making a plaster batt

    Making a plaster batt

    30th December 2018

    Plaster batts are quick and easy to make and can be used for lots of things This was used for our project using casting slips to make a slab vase in issue 22 You will need: Potter’s plaster Buckets for…

  • Making a bowl from a bisque hump mould

    Making a bowl from a bisque hump mould

    17th June 2018

    Much of the process for making a bowl from your hump mould is the same as it was for actually making the mould itself (see here), with just a few additions   1 Begin by rolling a slab of clay…