Below is a quick overview of the main pottery techniques you can use at home, in really quick videos.
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Slabs can be rolled to any thickness, this is partly aesthetic, partly functional, it's about judging what's possible with the clay and what's needed for the size of your build.
You can work with slabs when they're soft, as shown above, or you can wait for the slab to become firm so you can construct with it.
Pinching is a great immediate process and can be combined with coiling to produce larger pots.
A pinch pot or slab is often used when starting to coil a vessel.
This is often the most important stage and can make a huge difference to how 'professional' a peice looks.
Slips and Underglazes
Slips and Underglazes are made predominantly from clay & stain and a clear glaze is often applied on top.
Decorating Unfired Work
One of the benefits of applying slips or underglazes to 'green' ware is that you can scratch back into them, as shown here.
Underglazes on Bisque
One of the benefits of applying underglaze to 'bisque' ware is that you can combine it with wax resist.
Glazes are more similar to glass than clay, they have a high proportion of melting agents like Silica. Glazes can be painted or dipped and they often dramatically change colour when fired.
If you would like your work dip-glazed you can attend a free glazing session.