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The Magical Kiln Gods
Many years ago when pottery and ceramics was young, they didn't have the technology or the wonderful paints and glazes like we do today, so the pottery workers had to do everything by trial and error. They never knew what they were going find once the kiln cooled and they lifted the lid.
After a while I suppose someone decided they would make up kind of a good luck piece for each load of pottery that they fired, and so the Kiln God was born. Now before somebody gets their feathers ruffled, it has nothing whatsoever to do with religion, it was a make believe whimsical fun character sculpted probably from some of the wet clay scraps laying around on the tables or floor. I would guess that they would fall into the same class as the rabbit's foot or four leaf clover. The Kiln Gods were not all one shape, they were any shape from human, animal or make believe creatures. They were sculpted and dried but never fired and they are were always placed on top of the kiln before the firing was started and left there until the kiln was opened. I suppose if the load fired ok, it was the work of the Kiln God.
A Bah Humbug Kiln God was made by a couple that had a pottery business and was always working late into the night and every weekend just to add a bit of humor to their work.
Like I said before they come in all kinds of shapes. Whether they work or not is all in the mind of the potter. After a few goof ups I made a Kiln God myself, and they must work because my kiln load came out perfect!!! Put a little make believe into whatever you do, whether it is your job or your hobby, it will relax you and help you to do a better job
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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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