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Finished pinch pot project

Remember playing in the mud as a child.
Well making a pinch pot is just as easy and fun as that was.
A ball of clay and a little work of the hands and you have it.

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Choose a piece of pottery clay about the size of a golf ball or tennisball.
Roll the piece of clay between your hands or onto of a covered table, until the clay is formed into a smooth, round ball.
Push your thumb into the center of the ball of clay to form an indentation and turn your thumb just a bit to form an even hole. Leave the bottom about a 1/4 of an inch thick.

Becca creating a pinch pot

Put your thumb inside the indention you made, and begin to pinch the side of the pot out.

Turning the pinch pot as you go, keeping the sides as even as possible.
When you have gotten the pinch pot walls to the desired thickness, gently press the bottom of the pot on the table to achieve a flat surface.

This will keep your pot from rocking back and forth.

Once you have gotten the shape that you want set it in a safe place to completely dry usually three to six days depending on the humidity and thickness of the piece and fire it to Cone 06. After it is fired you can paint and seal it, or glaze it, but if you glaze it, it will have to be fired again.

Have fun and Enjoy

Enjoy yourself...these are the good old days you are going to miss in ten years.

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Have you ever come up with a good idea while working with your handmade pottery and thought that you would like to share it with others? You have? Well, why not send it to us and we will add it to the tips page for all to see.

Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people it's an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.

The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

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