Apr

19

How to Make Basic Clay Pots

By Ceramic Design



If you are a beginner in the art of pottery, you can hone your skill by starting with an easy project such as making a basic coil clay pot. The coil pot, made by coiling long ropes of clay in a spiral, is the earliest kind of pottery, according to the Free Library website. This type of pottery is rich in culture and history, dating as far back as 700 B.C. when the Mimbres tribe from New Mexico first made coil pots for cooking and religious purposes. The technique for making this basic coil pot is easy, and the resulting product is beautiful.

  • 1.Place a chunk of clay on the table or your work surface. With a putty knife, cut a piece of clay from the chunk. Out of this piece you will make the base or the bottom section of a basic clay coil pot. Flatten the clay into your desired shape for your clay pot. If you want a round clay pot, make a circular bottom with the clay. If you want the clay pot to be oval, then make an oval-shaped base.
  • 2.Cut another piece of clay from the chunk. Roll it out back and forth until it forms into a long strip. This strip will look like a clay “worm.” Coil the strip around the edge of the base. Use your fingers to smooth up some clay to attach the coil to the base.
  • 3.Create another clay “worm” about the same size and shape as your first one. Stack the clay strip on top of the first one and coil it around the edge of the pot. Use your fingers to press the clay together. Dip your hands in water to help smooth the clay out.
  • 4.Continue rolling out strips of clay and placing a strip on top of another coiled strip until the clay pot reaches the height that you want. Smooth out the sides and edges of the clay pot with your fingers. This will allow the coils to grip together.
  • 5.Place your clay pot in a safe place and give it time to dry. It may be a basic clay pot, but if you allow the clay enough time to harden, it can result in a durable, functional piece of art. Some potters fire up a clay kiln to give the clay pot a strong finish. If you do not have a clay kiln, the clay pot you just made will be fine as long as you give it time to dry slowly and completely.

Apr

19

How to Make a Clay Coil Pot

By Ceramic Design



Pottery is an amazingly creative and unique way to express yourself. Making a clay coil pot is easier than you think! This article shows you how to make a clay coil a step at a time.

  • 1.First find a smooth, flat surface that you can use to make pottery on.
  • 2.Take a piece of clay or modeling clay and flatten into a circle. You can use a saucer, small plate, cup bottom, or jar lid and make a flat circle of clay — or square! This is the base of your pot.
  • 3.Take pieces of clay and roll it between both your hands making a coil. Then place the coil on the flat surface and continue rolling. Make the coil as smooth as possible.
  • 4.After you make a several coils take one coil and place it onto the flat base. Attach the coil to the base by pressing the coil into the base. Remember to attach everything from the inside of the pot — the part of the pot that isn’t facing you.
  • 5.After you have the first coil attach coils one at a time making sure to attach them from the inside of the pot. Try to smooth out the inside of the pot — if the clay becomes dry use a little water on your hands and smooth the clay out.
  • 6.Once you have attached as many coils as you want and have smoothed out the inside of the pot you can then decorate the front of the pot. Try using a nail and softly carving designs into the clay. You can also take pieces of clay, make shapes (like hearts!) and attach it to the front of the pot.
  • 7.You can then either leave your pot in a warm oven to bake the pot or leave it in the sun — both will dry the clay out and make the clay harden.
  • 8.That’s it! Now you can consider painting the pot or glazing the pot. Put your pot on display and enjoy!