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Underglaze Users Guide: How to Use Ceramic Underglazes to Add Color and Graphic Interest in Your Pottery Projects

Underglazes are basically clay-based materials with ceramic stains and metallic oxides added to create a full spectrum of color in your work. They’re the fastest, easiest, and most dependable way for you to add pizzazz to your pottery or sculptures for just an accent or an entire surface treatment. Like many other art materials, underglazes come in a wide variety of forms—liquid, dry, chalks, pens, and pencils—so no matter what your background, a ceramic surface awaits your colorful treatment.


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How to Make Pottery: How to Learn Pottery Techniques and Enjoy Working with Clay

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When you put your hands into clay, there’s a good chance you’ll never want to let go. Just go by any ceramics class or community craft center and look at the people working with clay and you’ll see one happy group of involved people of all ages enjoying the thrill of making handmade pottery and clay sculpture. Unlike a phone app, music download or video game, once you learn a pottery technique, it’s yours for life. How to Make Pottery: How to Learn Pottery Techniques and Enjoy Working with Clay is the resource you need to get off to a good start in the pottery studio. From a simple slab building project, to pottery glazing tips, to expert advice on firing your handmade pottery in a ceramic kiln, this free download has the information you’ll need to build a strong foundation in the ceramic arts.


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Successful Tips and Techniques for Raku Firing: How to Select Raku Clays, Glazes, Kilns and Combustibles

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Raku firing is expressive, exciting and fun. Whether you’re raku firing in your own studio or taking part in a group raku firing at a school, workshop or community center, raku offers many rewards. Raku firing is one of the most exciting processes in ceramics. After you place your pottery into a raku kiln, the anticipation builds as you wait for that final moment when the intense heat begins to melt the raku glazes. When you remove the pieces when the glazes begin to melt, you can feel the heat and hear the pings your red hot work rapidly cooling, then it’s into the raku combustibles for a round of flame and smoke. Many surprises await you as you clean the surface and reveal the wonders of raku pottery.


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15 Tried and True Cone 6 Glaze Recipes: Recipe Cards for our Favorite Mid-Range Pottery Glazes

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Good news cone 6 potters! We’ve gathered some of our favorite cone 6 glaze recipes in a convenient recipe-card format, perfect for printing and taking to the pottery studio. If you are interested in building a collection of beautiful cone 6 pottery glazes, you’ve found the perfect resource. If you’ve been low firing and would like to turn up the heat a bit, here’s a great assortment of cone 6 recipes to start with. Or if you have grown bored with your current cone 6 glazes, try out a few of these.


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Five Great Handbuilding Techniques: Variations on Classic Techniques for Making Contemporary Handbuilt Pottery

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When you put a ball of clay in your hands, you just want to start making something—it’s so natural it’s uncanny. And while equipment is used to make a lot of the pottery in the world, using just your hands or a simple paddle and rolling pin can produce awesome results! Discover how to make pottery using three simple techniques, but with a twist. Make a pinch pot really big, make a coil pot from flat coils, or make slab pots square and with great textures. All you need is a ball of clay in your hands. It’s all here in a free gift – Three Great Handbuilding Techniques: How to Make Pottery Using the Pinch, Coil and Slab Methods.


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Wood Kiln Firing Techniques and Tips: Plans and Instructions for Making a Wood-fired Kiln and Firing with Wood

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Wood firing is the oldest firing method. Since humans first began to understand how fire hardened clay, we have been making ceramics, both in pits and in wood kilns. Now, with so many fuel options available to the potter, wood-fired kilns are more of a choice than a necessity. While wood firing isn’t easy, the results are incomparable. The work in wood kilns reveals the story of the firing, with pieces showing ash deposits and the path of the flame through the kiln. But not all wood kilns are built alike. Some are made for flashing from the flame, some are made for melted rivulets of ash and others still are designed to bury the ware in ash and make it crusty and craggy. Regardless of your wood firing aesthetic, the wood kiln plans and diagrams in this helpful guide will show you several ways to get started understanding and building wood kilns.


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