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There is a lot of neat things that you can do to dress up a piece of pottery or ceramics.
I first saw the seashell feet on some pots made in the 1960s.
I guess it was a common practice then.

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Shells do seem like a gift from God to all the potters.
They are naturally resistant to high temperatures and wood or salt vapors and they are sized for many different pottery shapes, moderately decorative, wildly abundant and free for the taking, or they used to be.
In Hawaii anymore they are importing shells from other places because of people picking up shells for souvenirs.
There are no shells left on the beaches to pick up.
Now, the local Red Lobster, if you have one in your town, might have a few dozen shells leftovers from a very expensive supper.
Seashells in the heartland are one of the seldom appreciated aspects of our favorite seafood restaurants.

Seashell Pottery Decorating

Seashell feet reduce the distance between artistic impulse and freedom to create almost anything and they are a lot easier to put on pottery as feet, than trying to make them yourself and getting them to stay on your piece.
What’s more, it’s a skill that requires no practice and requires almost no evolution or improvement.
The first time you use them, you have accomplished the ultimate in attractive and eye pleasing solutions.
You’ll never get any better at it, and the shells cover a multitude of sins like poor glaze application and careless firing.
The proof of this tide of addiction is the growing frequency with which potters use shell marks like a hickey on the sides of their jugs.

Decorating Pottery with Sea shellsSea Shells for decorating Pottery

Above are a couple pictures of the many different shaped sea shells that are out there, just waitin to dress up your piece of pottery or ceramics.

Sea Shell Pottery at http://seashellpottery.homestead.com/Home.html

I don’t glaze or fire mine very often, but they definitely could withstand being fired.
Shown above is a couple of pieces that have natural shells imbedded in them before they were fired.
I also have included some of the different shaped shells that can be used to decorate your ceramics or pottery either by glazing and firing or just gluing them on.
The using of shells to decorate or add legs to your ceramics or pottery gives the phrase shelling out a nicely twisted meaning.
I can do twisted!!
I’m a child of the 60’s and I took art in college!!!!!

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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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