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Making a Coil Mug

I will show you how to make a coil pot.
You can make coil pot from traditional stoneware clay, porcelain, store bought play clay for kids, and even air drying clay from the art store.

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With the basics of this you can make many different pieces of pottery from a very small coil pot to a very large vase.

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Roll Out Coil

Roll the clay with both hands back and forth over the table to create a coil.
Always use a smooth surface and slowly spread your hands while applying even pressure.
Continue this until you have a long thin coil that is about 1/8 to ¼ inch thick.

Rolling pottery coil

Building the Base of Your Coil Pot

With one length of clay start your spiral and continue wrapping the coil around to create a small disk the size you wish your pot bottom to be.
Using your fingers rub over the clay and smooth the coils together to form a solid disk.
Flip the clay over and repeat on the other side.

Bottom of Coil Mug

Then start your sides by stacking the coils one on top of another.
Using a needle tools to score to top of each piece and wetting it with your fingers, before placing another coil on it.

Smooth Inside

Use your fingers to smooth the inside of the coils together forming one piece.
Water can be used to moisten the clay if it gets to dry.
Continue this coiling and smoothing until your coil pot is as tall as you want.

Smoothing the inside of the Coil Mug

Leveling Top

To finish off your piece, using a hand towel covering a level spot on your table, flip your pot over and gently tap the top to level it.


To make the handle of your mug, roll out two coils and wrap them around each other.
Mark the the spot on the mug and score it where the handle will be attached.
Flatten the two ends of the handle and place slip on both the mug and handle, where they will be joined.
Press together and smooth the handle into the side of the mug.
Prop up the handle to relieve some of the pressure.

Cover your finished product with a piece of light plastic over the top to allow it to dry slowly.

Once it has dried, bisque fire it to Cone 06, then you are fee to paint or glaze as desired. It can also be left natural or unpainted, but it will remain very porous.

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