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Tips for loading the ceramic kiln
Having taken pottery classes does not mean that you have also fired your own work. And suppose you have now bought your own kiln, it can be quite exciting to do a bisque firing and glaze firing for the first time. That's why we want to give you some tips on how to load and prepare the kiln for firing.
What is glazing exactly? How does glaze make your ceramics more beautiful, stronger, and more durable? How do you get started? Read all about it in this article. Glaze, Pottery, Ceramics, Glazes For Pottery, Durable, Make It Yourself, Blog, Beautiful, Need To Know
Everything you need to know about glazing
What is glazing exactly? How does glaze make your ceramics more beautiful, stronger, and more durable? How do you get started? Read all about it in this article.
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Techniques for wedging clay
Before you can start throwing on the pottery wheel, you need to prepare the clay. Learn how to wedge using different techniques with the tips in this article.
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How do you keep your clay studio dust-free?
With these tips, you will learn how to minimize dust and how to clean your studio effectively.
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What is clay slip and how do you use it?
Clay slip is a very useful form of clay that is used in many different ways. Let's list them below.
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Why does my glaze look different than on the test tile?
Using a new glaze for the first time can be very exciting. To better estimate how your piece will look after firing, you can first make some test tiles. But even with this precaution the glaze on your piece can look very different from the test tile. Why is that? We wrote an article about it, find it on our website.
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Making pottery without a wheel: Pinch pots
You don't need a potter's wheel to conjure beautiful work out of the clay. There are several hand-building techniques for which you only need your hands and your clay. In this article we would like to explain to you how to make a pinch pot or thumb pot.
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How does a kiln work?
No ceramics without a ceramic kiln. But how does such a thing actually work? And what is the difference between an electric kiln and one that requires fuel?
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Ergonomics for potters
Making ceramics can be taxing on your body, and it would be a shame to have to work in pain. That's why in this article we give some more tips to stay pain-free!
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Free e-book Starting with ceramics
Have you been inspired by everything related to clay and ceramics for a while, but don't know where to start? Then our free guide 'Starting with ceramics' is perfect for you. In this e-book, you will get a better idea of what ceramics is, the different directions you can take with clay, and the materials you need to start. Simply click on the link in the bio, fill in your email address, and we will send you the e-book right away!
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Recycling clay in your studio
Fortunately, we can easily reuse clay. Imagine if the clay from every failed pot had to go into the trash, that would be quite something. Actually, you very rarely throw away clay. How do you go about making your clay usable again? You can read about that in this article.
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Is my pot ready to go into the kiln?
A piece of pottery is ready to go into the kiln once it’s completely dry. In this article you’ll discover why it’s so important for it to be dry, how you can tell whether it’s dry, and what happens to it when it’s in the kiln.
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Kiln shelf protector
To protect your expensive kiln plates from dripping glaze, it’s best to give them a protective coating with kiln shelf protector, also known as batwash. Learn how to make your own and apply it in this article.
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Making test tiles
Testing, testing, and more testing! You can’t avoid it. For every clay you use you’ll need to make a test tile. It helps you chart the shrinkage and colour of the clay, and test your underglazes, engobes and glazes.
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Centring clay: 8 common mistakes and how to fix them
A crucial step for any project is to centre your clay. Because if you don’t get this step right, it will only get more difficult from here on out. Are you having trouble centring your clay? We’ve made a list of the most common mistakes and how to fix them.