Pottery Making Suggestions for the Intermediate Potter

Pottery making is a entertaining but occasionally frustrating hobby. You never understand just what your results will be when you open that kiln door! Here are my tips to make pottery making that little more rewarding……

  1. Maintain records of everything you do-that way you learn immediately and can replicate your successes and prevent your failures pottery classes san jose.
  2. Tag your pails not your lids- do not learn the hard way that you’ve only glazed your speciality bit in the incorrect glaze!
  3. Purchase a kiln with a modern control. Modern controls now are comparatively cheap and give you such independence to control the fire in ways that best suits your merchandise.
  4. Keep drying of your merchandise consistent. Drying too fast is one the most common causes of glaze or clay faults.
  5. Learn something about the stuff you use. Equipped with a tiny bit of knowledge it is possible to save as much time.e.g. Does glaze go off? What happens to my clay if it freezes?
  6. Keep your clay in good condition by covering it with plastic when not in use. That way it keeps its plastic state.
  7. Plaster moulds must be replaced after 40-50 casts. It’s false market in slide cast to continue to use old moulds. These may offer inconsistent depth, pinholed ware and much more besides!
  8. Use Orton cones or Bullers rings in your kiln. This way you understand your kiln is performing OK and it is possible to see possible issues for example component failure before they become catastrophic.
  9. Give some bits to your own nearest and dearest or to charity. The feel good factor will keep you inspired.
  10. Continue to share your passion with others. Visit twitter pottery posts and learn something new or join an online pottery group.