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  • Framed plaster batt

    Framed plaster batt

    27th October 2020

    Plaster batts are quick and easy to make and can be used for lots of different things. This one has a frame, so you can use it with slip YOU WILL NEED: Potter’s plaster Buckets for mixing Scales for weighing…

  • Make a simple sprig mould

    Make a simple sprig mould

    24th October 2020

    How to use pre-existing items to make sprig moulds, which is an easy first step for beginners Any number of items we all tend to have lying around the house can be used, and part of the fun is looking…

  • Timings for slip-casting

    Timings for slip-casting

    19th October 2020

    Slip-casting times White earthenware: 20 – 30 minutes. Firing temp 1000°C to 1150ºC (1832°F to 2102ºF) Red earthenware: 20 – 30 minutes. Firing temp 1000°C to 1150ºC (1832°F to 2102ºF) Stoneware: 45 mins – 1 hour. Firing temp 1160°C to 1290ºC (2120°F to…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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…