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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…

  • 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…

  • Bisque hump mould for beginners

    Bisque hump mould for beginners

    12th June 2018

    Bisque is a great alternative method for making hump moulds for those who don’t like – or don’t have the facilities for – working with plaster. A plaster hump mould is used here to make the bisque mould, but you…