at-home ceramic activities
Although we may be temporarily closed, it is important to us to continue our mission and to bring joy to our community through the arts during this difficult time. Each day, we will be posting a ceramic activity you can do from home!
Tips for Carving Clay
Hand Built Bowl
Hand Built Mug
How to Make Planters
Feet and Lid for a Handbuilt Teapot
159 Pots in One Hour
This video shows various ways to use underglazes for surface decorations. Underglazes are widely available on-line. There are several brands but Amaco, Mayco, and Speedball seem to be the more popular ones. Make sure the underglaze can be fired to at least cone 6 (NOT the same as 06!!) so we can fire it for you at The Warehouse. Have fun!
Hand Built Piece
Easy and Simple Clay House
Soft Slab Construction
Relaxing Sounds of the Potter's Studio
Pinch Pot Cups
Textured Slab Plate
This video shows how to use a plate as a slab mold as well as how to use a plaster mold. Texturizing the slab can give a very cool effect. Don’t worry about having official clay texturizing tools. Lace, forks, the rim of a glass, spools, or even paper towel rolls with string around it, will work wonders. Look around your home and I’m sure you will find something to create textures. Have fun!
Ceramic Bunny Tutorial
How to use 10 simple wooden tools for forming and finishing your pots!
How to Make a Clay Fairy House
Pinch Pot Birds
Elephant Ice Cream Bowl
Make your own Handmade Mug with a Pulled Handle
Make your own Bird Feeder
Enjoy this step by step!
Make sure that all your coils are solidly attached.
Make Your Own Potter's Apron
from artist/instructor Johanna Buwalda!
Hand Built Bowl
Here is a simple way to make a hand built bowl.
You can roll out your slab between too pieces of cotton, linen, or canvas fabric. Any bowl will work. Just make sure you cover it with some thin plastic or corn starch so it doesn’t stick. Instead of a band wheel or turn table, use a newspaper. A newspaper can be turned around and doesn’t stick to the clay or your table.
Wedging Your Clay
Wedging is a super important skill to have when making pottery. Here is an instructional video on why to wedge and how to wedge.
Create a Round Slab Cup
Happy Mugshot Monday! Here is a mug you can make at home.
Hand Built Pitcher
Remember to score and slip your pieces. Add coils to support your seems and prevent them from cracking. Dry your hand built pieces very slowly under some plastic.
Create a Pinch Cup
Don’t worry if you don’t have the official clay tools at home. Credit cards make great ribs, toothbrushes and forks will work just fine for scoring, and you probably have all kinds of things in your kitchen drawers and garage that you can use for carving and stamping nice surface decorations.
Make Your Own Clay Bisque Stamps
This is a great time to make some stamps for making amazing textures in future pieces. Here is one YouTube instructional video on how to make them.
You can make slip by mushing some clay with water to make a paste. An old toothbrush makes a perfect scoring tool.