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Ceramic Tube with Spiral

Materials Tools
Clay Kiln
Plastic table covers
Ceramic paint (glaze) and brushes
Plastic, wooden, or metal tools
Bowl and bucket of water
Ruler or straight edge
Rolling pin
Plastic zip lock bags

Something to think about as you make ceramics is that archaeologists have dug up pottery that is at least 26,000 years old. Could your piece of art be excavated several thousand years from now?

The first challenge you must overcome for this craft is to find a kiln. Colleges, some high schools, ceramics stores, and individuals are good places to try. Many businesses may not be willing to let you use their kiln because of the risk of the pieces exploding and ruining other customers' pieces.

Ceramics needs to be done in at least two sessions at least a week apart. In the first session, give introductory instructions and make the pieces. Over the week, the pieces will dry out and undergo their first firing. At the second meeting, the pieces are painted (glazed). Then they are fired again. A third firing may be needed to add a shiny finish.

Projects can be decorated with leather tooling stamps, carved with tools, impressed with rope or other textured surface, or add small coils or shapes of clay.

Here are some ideas meant for neckerchief slides. Let your imagination soar.

Coil    Jug    Cross    Tube

Box    Coil Pot    Coffee mug

Here are some ideas of other things to make.

Some of my ceramics experiments are shown here.



Thanks to Robbie Gavos for all her time, patience, and insightful instructions!

Copyright © 2003 Vincent Hale