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Make sure the ceramic piece is clean and free of dust or clay particles.

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It is best to wipe your piece of bisque down with alcohol to make sure the natural oils from handling with your hands is removed from piece.

Dust bisque thoroughly with a duster brush and damp-sponge to remove any remaining dust particles.

Pour glaze into container and mix with a clean toilet bowl brush, yes, you read right! Do not use a high speed electric mixer because it will make bubbles in the glaze. Use your hands or dipping thongs to hang onto the piece when dipping.

Dip 1/2 to 3/4 of the bisque into the glaze and quickly lift it out. Turn the piece of pottery and hang onto it and dip remainder of ware, overlapping already dipped area slightly. Touch up where you hung onto the piece with a glaze brush as needed.

Clean up brushes and tools with water.

Place your piece of pottery on a shelf and make sure it dries completely.

Put in kiln on ceramic stilts and fire.

Tips and Techniques:

Use clean hands or dipping tongs to hold the ceramic bisque while dipping.

Dip with one single, smooth motion, in and out of the glaze, using wrist action to turn the ware in the glaze.

Keep pottery from touching the sides and bottom of dipping container as the glaze coating may be rubbed off at the contact points.

As you removed the pottery from the dipping container, shake any drips off and dip back into the glaze.

Before placing dipped ceramics on a rack or cart to dry, finger smooth any drips or runs.

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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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