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Pottery Baseball Project 7

It is amazing what can be done with paint.
Make your pottery or ceramic look like metal or leather just by the way you paint and treat the surface.
Anybody can create trompe l’oeil , which literally means fool the eye!


Pottery Baseball Project

The baseballs are made from two pinch pots that are put together and paddled into shape.
The baseballs are approximately three inches in diameter and have hollowed out centers.

Pottery Baseball Project 1

Use a thin smooth paddle shaped board to paddle the pinch pots into a smooth ball.
Set them aside and let them dry to a soft leather stage.

Pottery Baseball Project 2

Finish shaping and smoothing with a rubber rib and, if needed, roll the texture onto the surface with a small wooden roller.
For texture, use crumpled up wax paper, a cut up old purse or faux leather from a fabric store.
For a smooth leather look, rub the clay with your finger in a circular motion.

Pottery Baseball Project 3

The cores of old baseballs were made of string or yarn, so for fun, split them at the seams to give a more interesting effect and press string into the surface for texture.

Pottery Baseball Project 4

Be sure and apply the stitches before your piece gets leather hard.
For baseballs, add laces using slip made from the same clay body.
Fill a slip trailing bottle with the slip and carefully put on the stitches.
Put the laces on before making the holes where the lace stitching would be.

Pottery Baseball Project 5

Put in holes for laces before they become leather hard.
With a sharp tool, make a hole at the end of all the stitches that you put on and make some of the holes go all the way to the inside to keep the piece from blowing up when it is fired.
Let it completely dry before you fire it.
If it feels warm to the touch it should be dry enough to fire.
Bisque fire to Cone 06.

Pottery Baseball Project 6

After bisque firing, color the pieces with faux stain making sure to cover the entire surface.
Make sure to get into all of the crevices for the right look.
Wipe the piece off, leaving the stain in the crevices and folds.
It may take you several attempts to get the desired effect.
Don’t stir the stain if you want more of a wash.
You can also use the settled portion of the stain, it is a lot darker.
You can use a combination of the three effects on the same piece.

Faux Stain


Gerstley Borate . . . . . . . . . . 50%
Red Iron Oxide . . . . . . . . . . 50%


Pottery Baseball Project 7

The duffle bag and shoes above shows what can be done with this technique.
The duffle bag measures 24 inches long by 20 inches in height and features faux clothes in contrasting clay.
The shoes are a size 8.


Use colored clays arranged in patterns for duffle bags.
It all depends on what you’re making and the finished look you want.
Use your imagination and see what kind of a faux finish you come up with.

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

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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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