PROPER POTS, MADE AT HOME

Below is a quick overview of the main pottery techniques you can use at home, shown in 2 minute videos, there are many exciting possibilities.

 

When you join as a member you will have access to longer video tutorials, with more detailed instructions, project ideas and advice via email whenever needed.

We sell all the materials you need in small quantities, so that you can experiment and we fire work regularly for members.

We are running a forthnightly doorstep delivery and collection service for members

HANDBUILDING

Slabs

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

Pinching is  a great immediate process and can be combined with coiling to produce larger pots.

Coiling

A pinch pot or slab is often used when starting to coil a vessel.

FINISHING

This is often the most important stage and can make a huge difference to how 'professional' a peice looks.

DECORATION

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

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.

Painting Glazes

Dipping Glazes

Dipping Glazes

If you would like your work glazed in a single colour then we can dip it for you. 

Texture and Glazes

More Texture