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Do you know what it is?
Well, I can tell you the difference and it is this simple!

Pottery uses the potter's wheel and ceramics uses a mold or is done by hand.
I have done both, but mainly ceramics for a living and my studio was in the basement of my house and I used slip to fill my molds.
I had the studio for 13 years, but quit pouring my own greenware and got rid of my kilns and have been buying my greenware and firing them at the local ceramic shops.
It is a lot less mess for me to keep cleaned up.

When handling bisque, which is greenware that has been fired, the thing you need to remember most while working with it is to have clean hands, area and brushes, or your paint and glazes will not stick to the piece.
Clean your tools right after you use them so clay does not accumulate over time and last but not least......
PLAN AHEAD and always set a timer to remind you when you have slip in a mold!

Some of the tools you might need if you want to be a ceramic artist like me, include many brushes and several cleaning devices.
They include: fettle, for removing seam lines, spoolie and stylist.
I taught myself how to glaze greenware, apply color with chalk, paint with acrylics and antique the pieces.
After underglazes are put on, the pieces are fired in a kiln.

The time it takes to complete a piece may vary from half an hour to a week.
Now, if you want to try ceramics for yourself, read carefully the rules listed above, provided by the queen of clay, Pixie Beach!!

Of course you know that this queen thing is just my opinion of myself and may vary according to who you talk to!!!!


Good Luck in any pottery or ceramic project you may choose.

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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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