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How To : Make a large clay pot on the pottery wheel

Large clay pots can be difficult to throw on the pottery wheel. Learn how to make a large clay pot on the pottery wheel using techniques in this free ceramics video series. Part 1 of 25 - How to Make a large clay pot on the pottery wheel. Make a large clay pot on the pottery w ...more

How To : Make a clay pot reindeer

Include your little ones in the holiday decorating by showing them how to make a clay pot reindeer. This adorable Christmas craft even has a bell that rings.

How To : Make a clay pot look like an antique

One way for a middle-aged person to look better than ever is to sit on a patio surrounded by well-aged pots. Flaking, lichen-covered clay pots give the impression that they’ve been around a lot longer than you have. And because antiqued pots look expensive, everyone will think ...more

How To : Paint clay pots for gardening

In this video, we learn how to paint clay pots for gardening with Michelle Gervais. All you need is: acrylic paints, brushes, plastic paint, cup of water, paper towels, and clay pots. First, put a base coat on your pot before you place your design onto it. This is easiest done ...more

How To : Knead clay for flower pots and then make them

Simon Leach, the worldwide leader in free bilingual ceramics instruction, spends this installment of his video series first kneading clay in preperation for potting, then throws said clay into some flower pots on his wheel. Pottery lessons at their finest.

How To : Make a miniature pot with polymer clay

Watch this ceramics video tutorial to learn a few ways to make a miniature pot using polymer clay. The two methods explained in this instructional video are the coil method and the pinch pot method. Both of the methods are easy for beginners to use in order to make a miniature ...more

How To : Make mini polymer clay pot pies for a dollhouse

Garden of Imagination demonstrates how to make miniature polymer clay pot pies. Find miniature bottle caps in the scrap booking section of the craft store. You can use a regular sized bottle cap to make a big pie. Roll a piece of ecru clay into a ball and mold it into the bott ...more

How To : Lift a clay piece off a wheel and dry a pot

This helpful video explains the logic involved when contemplating drying processes for ceramics. You will learn the correct way to lift a piece off the wheel, cover the pot, and measure the varying stages of drying clay. The instructor also includes a brief desciption of diffe ...more

How To : Square a ceramic clay pot before firing

Use a piece of wood to act as a bat to square off shapes when soft leather hard, evening them up more as the clay hardens. This ensures a smooth and professional finish on a clay pottery project. Watch this video pottery-making tutorial and learn how to square a clay pot befor ...more

How To : Make an egg carton flowerpot

Want a fun craft to do with the kids using old egg cartons? Following these easy instructions with only a few supplies such as; acrylic paints, egg carton, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, tissue and a small clay pot. Great craft for a fun spring project! Make an egg carton flower ...more

How To : Apply a terra cotta slip to a pot

A terra cotta slip can add flair and durability to any pot that you've made at home, and also allow you to make up for inconsistencies in the composition of your clay. This video from Simon Leach shows you how to apply just such a terra cotta slip to a clay pot, an important t ...more

How To : Decorate ceramics with a torch

Try using a blowtorch to dry the outer portion of a ceramic pot. While the clay is still on the pottery wheel, cut light marks into the outer wall of the pot. Dry the outermost layer of wet clay with a blowtorch. When you continue to stretch and form the wet clay on the wheel, ...more

How To : Make simple pot stands

In this tutorial, we learn how to make simple pot stands. Start with your clay on the table and use water and your hands to start to shape it. Press down on the ball until it forms into a low bowl shape. Then, start to add more clay and water to the sides of the pot so that it ...more

How To : Make wind chimes with your kids

Lynn Snodgrass shows how to make chimes by using small clay pots and popsicle sticks. You can tie them together by using plastic string or regular garden string. The pots can be decorated with paint or you can apply stickers to the pots. 1. Use the sticks tied with the string ...more

How To : Make lidded boxes

In this tutorial, Simon Leach teaches us how to make lidded boxes. First, grab your pot and dip the top of it into water to get it wet and soft. Now, grab a small amount of clay and set it on your spinning table. After this, get your hands wet and start to craft a lid out of t ...more

How To : Throw a terracotta long tom flower pot

You start out with putting a rater big lump of clay on the potter's wheel (the turn table if you want) and make sure you got water close by. By using your hands and your fingers you then start to shape the clay lump into the size you want it. Keeping both the clay and the hand ...more

How To : Do ceramic detail on trimming & sealing

Simon Leach teaches you how to do ceramic trimming and sealing. You wet the top of the pot and place it on the wheel. You push down on the bottom, sealed side, when the wheel is spinning. You use the trim tool to cut into the base side. You do this at an angle and make sure yo ...more

How To : Trim a round bowl with Simon Leach

This instructional ceramics video shows you how to trim a round bowl. It is much easier of you have a centered pot to begin with. It is also helpful to leave a bit of extra clay in the base so that one can trim more freely. Once the clay is semi-dry, you can begin trimming. Af ...more

How To : Make polymer clay cupcake charms

Clay isn't just for baking into flimsy pots and dishes and the source of Color Me Mine's untampered physical power. In may cases, clay, like painting or drawing, can be molded into as many guises as the imagination will take you. Watch this tutorial for the how-to on creating ...more

How To : Decorate ceramic wall vases and dry clay

Simon Leach's series of high-quality pottery videos marches on. In this installment he teaches us how to dry some high-quality clay that he has just acquired from a cement works, and also how to decorate some hanging clay wall pots he made in a previous installment.

How To : Make a flower lily for a miniture dollhouse

This video shows us how to make lilies for a dollhouse just in time for Easter. First you take a toothpaste cap and some copper metallic paint and paint it. This is your flower pot! Make the flower heads and set aside. Take some clay and stick it into the flower pot. Then take ...more

How To : Throw a raku pot with lugs

Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to throw a raku pot with lugs using clay and your pottery wheel. This helpful how-to video contains detailed instructions that are best for beginning to intermediate potters. This instructional video will have you throwing raku p ...more

How To : Dip tea bowls in glaze with Simon Leach

Watch skilled potter, Simon Leach, give his expert instructions on how to glaze a set of tea bowls. He also suggests some household supplies which can be used to embellish your ceramics when the clay is still soft, such as a bolt or a comb. This glaze is a combination of Scotl ...more

How To : Throw a double walled vase

Follow this example to throw a double walled ceramic vase. This is a decorative motif in ceramics, and a tricky process to complete. After the pice dries a little, make sure to cut some holes in the top layer of clay, to prevent an explosion in the kiln. As shown, you can also ...more

How To : Throw a tiered bowl with Simon Leach

This instructional ceramics video will show you how to throw a large tiered bowl with expert, Simon Leach. Leach provides some of the delicate visuals needed to throw a large clay bowl. It is important to keep the clay evenly moist as you add the tiers. You may have to go back ...more

How To : Use a potato peeler as a fluting tool

In this video, we learn how to use a potato peeler as a fluting tool. First, take your wet pot and then grab the potato peeler. Use broad strokes along the side of the pot and press down hard and you peel the clay off of the sides. You will need to go over the same spot a few ...more

How To : Repot a plant into a larger container

This video from Lowe's shows you how to successfully repot a plant into a larger container. You will know it is time to repot your plant when the roots are visible on the surface, or when they start growing through the drainage hole. If you need to repot one of your plants int ...more

How To : Make an easy birdbath

Make your own birdbath and spend hours enjoying the antics of birds in your yard. You Will Need * 12-, 10-, and 8-inch diameter clay flowerpots * A saucer * Acrylic paints * Brushes * Construction glue * Brushes, stencils, or stamps (optional) Step 1: Decorate Paint the outsi ...more

How To : How to throw a medieval pot

Watch this Medieval pottery demonstration by Jim Newboult of Trinity Court Potteries at an English Heritage Living History event at Kenilworth Castle. This pottery wheel is not a kick wheel. It's an incredibly silent hand powered pottery wheel. This ceramics demonstration will ...more

How To : Learn the necessary tools for ceramics

Ceramic pieces are some of the oldest art forms in human history. Learn about the ceramic tools you'll need to start throwing pots in this free clay tools video series. Part 1 of 6 - How to Learn the necessary tools for ceramics. Learn the necessary tools for ceramics - Part 2 ...more

How To : Throw a pot using two rubber ribs

Watch this instructional ceramics video to learn how to throw and shape with two ribs at the same time. Learn some basic tips of coning on a pottery wheel by squeezing slowly all the way up. It's another process in the wedging department that compresses the clay. Once you get ...more

How To : Attach a vase neck to a pot

For more complicated pottery pieces, it's not possible to make the entire pot at once, but rather make two pieces to be attached later. This video pottery making tutorial shows how to attach a vase neck onto a pot. See as the two pieces are scored and sewn together. Learn how ...more

How To : Make double-walled pottery vessels

In this how-to ceramics video series, learn from artist Susan Ting how to make a double-walled teapot on a potter's wheel and how to carve intricate designs into the clay. This artist will teach you how to center the clay on the potter's wheel, how to pull the inner wall of th ...more

How To : Paddle clay

In this video, we learn how to paddle clay. Start off by placing the clay on the wheel and turning it on so it's moving quickly. You wan tot make sure you are using a lot of water and keeping the clay moist, as well as your hand. Make sure the bottom is even around on all side ...more

How To : Throw and carve a double walled pottery vase

This video illustrate how to throw and carve a double walled pottery vase. Here are the following steps.Step 1: First of all take a potters wheel.Step 2: Now take clay and put it on the wheel and rotate the wheel.Step 3: Make inner and outer partition and slowly shape the inne ...more

How To : Make an incense burner out of clay

Ilysa and Kira with Polymer Clay TV demonstrate how to make an incense burner out of clay. An incense burner is a great way to use up a lot of your scrap clay. You can also use molds, embellishments and pigments to create your incense burner. You can roll up your clay in a swi ...more

How To : Throw a big pottery mixing bowl

First of all you have to put some clay over the potter wheel. Now add some water and then press hard with your fingers at the bottom. Now slowly release the pressure of your hands and bring your hands upwards while slowly releasing the pressure. This shall form an inverted con ...more

How To : Get rid of and prevent blackheads

Don’t squeeze that blackhead! There’s a gentler way to get rid of it, and several steps you can take to prevent new ones from forming. You Will Need: * A medium-size pot of boiling water * Tea tree, eucalyptus, or lavender essential oil * A large towel * A mild soap or facia ...more

How To : Make ceramic mugs

The potter's wheel is a great tool for making clay pots including ceramic mugs. Learn how to make ceramic mugs using the potter's wheel in this free video series. Part 1 of 16 - How to Make ceramic mugs. Make ceramic mugs - Part 2 of 16. Click through to watch this video on ex ...more

How To : Use garden planters,pots,and flower boxes

Gardeners around the world use containers to enhance the look of their garden space. They can add height and dimension and create more garden space. Window boxes and hanging plant containers are a great way to add ornamental flowers to your home or garden. In some areas of the ...more

News : Medieval peasant house

Hey everybody, here is my entry for the medieval building contest. I don't actually care if I win, it was just fun to think about. I have this great book series called The History of Private Life which goes into wonderful detail about how people did everyday things throughout ...more

How To : Make Wiccan offering stones

Krazyboytx shows viewers how to make Wiccan offering stones. These can be used for when you take something for nature and you leave the Wiccan offering stone. Everything in these need to be organic so they will break down easily. You can add anything to the stones you would li ...more

How To : Throw a simple small flattened pottery salt holder

This video demonstrates how to throw a simple clay pot: a flattened salt holder. In order to throw this simple clay pottery piece, you will need: clay, a pottery wheel, and water. Begin by placing a small amount of clay on a wheel. While it is spinning moisten the clay. Force ...more

How To : Throw a small jug and handle

In this how-to video, you will learn how to make a small jug with a handle using a wheel. Place the clay onto the wheel and start spinning it. Grasp it with your hands as it spins and make a vertical shape. Use your thumbs to make the interior bowl shape. Now, use your hands t ...more

How To : Make a mini pumpkin teapot for a dollhouse

The person in this video is teaching us how to make toys with the help of polymer clay. As you can see the video you can say that the person there is a girl. This lady is teaching to make a teapot to her daughter. Her hand is focusing the camera. First she makes a little ball ...more

How To : Learn the basics about ceramics & pottery

Ceramics can be fun! Learn how to create clay pottery such as pinch pots, coil pots, and mugs in this free arts and crafts video series. Part 1 of 20 - How to Learn the basics about ceramics & pottery. Learn the basics about ceramics & pottery - Part 2 of 20. Click through to ...more

How To : Make ceramic flower pots

In this video series, our expert potter will demonstrate how to make ceramic flower pots and vases. You will get easy to follow step-by-step instructions on how to wedge and prepare clay, and how to throw a variety of flower pots on the pottery wheel. You will also get tips an ...more

How To : Make hanging flower pots

Wedging clay eliminates air bubbles in the clay. Learn how to center and wedge clay on the pottery wheel in this free ceramics video. Make hanging flower pots - Part 1 of 10. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Make hanging flower pots - Part 2 of 10. Click ...more

How To : Make an oval pie dish with Simon Leach

Watch this instructional ceramics video to learn how to make an oval pie dish with expert Simon Leach. Begin by throwing a clay pot with a wide base, as if throwing a plate. Then stop the wheel and lift the walls of the wet clay to bring the walls in, and seal the seems. The p ...more

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