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How to Make Paperclay

Paperclay can mean the difference between building a 17-inch tall ceramic Golem and being limited to a four-foot tall stoneware warrior. Paperclay, the ceramic type that you fire in a kiln, is any clay body with paper based fiber added. We’ll tell you the pros and cons of handbuilding with paperclay and share DIY tips—how to make it at home. Read more…

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Make a Simple Handbuilt Lid

Let’s make a simple handbuilt lid for any ceramic teapot or round container. There are a couple of secrets to good tops for pots. Read more…

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Build DIY Kiln Stilts

Potters often hand build forms that need glazing on all sides, like maybe a ball-shape, or a sphericon, some jewelry or beads. It’s necessary to keep them off the kiln shelf when they’re glazed. No one likes chipping glaze off a shelf, trashing a fired piece, or replacing kiln furniture. So, enter kiln stilts. Here are two ways to build kiln stilts, essential pottery tools, for yourself at almost no cost. Read more…

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Mac McCusker

Meet Mac McCusker, a ceramic artist in the American South. His pieces are as large as life, and as detailed as Michelangelo sculptures. He forges an intimate relationship with those who experience his work. He’s been turning clay into art for more than a decade. Mac began college as a painting major, but the lure of three dimensions couldn’t be denied. Read more…

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Sell Handbuilt Pottery and Ceramics

Handmade pottery, ceramic dishes, and porcelain work have never been more popular with money-spending humans and institutions. Perhaps as push back against our highly digitized, homogenized, and “technicized” society, people are looking for something personal. Handbuilding with clay provides unique shapes and surfaces that can be uber-specific to a buyer’s taste. It’s truly time to sell handbuilt pottery and ceramics. Read more…

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Branding Your Pottery

There’s a difference between selling your clay art and marketing your clay art. If you want to make money with your pottery, you have to sell it. If you want to sell ceramics, you have to market your work. That can be the frustrating, but oh-so-valuable part of the equation. Marketing is not sales—marketing your pottery LEADS to sales. In essence, marketing is branding your pottery. Read more…

The perfect slab

Build a Perfect Clay Slab

When I was in sales and marketing, once a month we had a back-to-basics meeting for revisiting proven concepts. So let’s go back to basics. You can build a perfect clay slab for your handbuilding projects. It doesn’t matter what clay you use—stoneware, porcelain, or whatever. The process is the same for a perfect clay slab. Read more…

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DIY Build a Kiln, Part 2

When we last looked in on Dan Pelland’s kiln building exercise, he was figuring costs and problems with building or restoring a kiln. But, Dan still had it in his mind to repair or rebuild an old kiln so we could fire work at about cone six. Did we end up with a magnificently restored kiln? Did we find a source for great parts at incredible prices? Are we going into the kiln building business? Read more…