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Majolica Pottery Description and History
Majolica is a historical type of pottery still practiced today.

Use Drywall to Dry Clay Slabs and Tiles - Use Drywall to Dry Slabs and Tiles
How to use drywall to dry clay slabs and tiles evenly so they will not warp or crack.

How to Dry Pottery and Clay Objects
Drying pottery and clay objects correctly is one of the most important steps prior to firing ceramics. How to avoid cracking, warping, and breakage.

Use Wire Racks to Dry Clay Slabs and Tiles - Use Wire Racks to Dry Slabs and Tiles
Clay slabs and tiles need special care while drying. They are especially prone to warping.

How to Dry Lids and Jars - Dry Lids and Jars Together
How to dry lids and jars so any warping will not destroy their ability to fit together.

How to Dry Large Pots and Clay Objects in Progress - Dry Large Pots and Clay Objects in Progress
You can dry the bottom areas of large pots and clay objects while you are still working on them.

Making Clay Slabs for Hand Building Pottery
Making the clay slabs is the first step in all slab-built pottery construction. Use these steps to avoid mistakes that could destroy the piece later.

7 Tips for Buying a Pottery Wheel
See the seven things you should consider when deciding which potter's wheel is best for making your own pottery and ceramics so you buy the right one.

Pottery Glaze Colors and How Factors Affect Them
Learn about pottery glaze colorants, the colors they produce, and the factors that affect each of them, from composition to how they are fired.

Basic Techniques for Making Coil Pots
Use these six steps and tips to make a coil pot. Even those new to pottery should be able to make large and intriguing creations using this method.

How to Dig and Use Local Clays in Your Pottery
Have you ever wanted to dig your own clay? Where to find local clay and how to use it in your pottery, including making slips and slip glazes.

Slip Definition for Pottery and Ceramics
The term slip in making pottery is a suspension of clay particles in water. See how it is used in different ways for making and decorating ceramics.

Definition of Scoring as Used in Pottery
What it means to score a pot or piece of clay. It is part of the slip and score technique that is used to attach clay pieces together before firing.

What Is Greenware in Making Pottery?
What does greenware mean for pottery? Learn about this stage of making ceramics, when you've shaped the clay and it is ready for the first firing.

Bisque - Definition and Examples in Pottery Terms
Learn the definition of bisque, bisqueware, and bisque firing in pottery. It refers to the first firing of a ceramic object, before it is glazed.

Supplies, Tools and Equipment for Potters - Pottery Supplies, Tools and Equipment
Potters use a number of supplies, tools, and larger pieces of equipment. Supplies include clay and glazes, as well as many other items. Some tools are more often used when throwing on the potter's wheel, while others are more often used when working with clay by hand. Pottery equipment is an integral part of a potter's studio, as well.

Ceramic and Pottery Suppliers - Pottery Suppliers
Find the suppliers you need for your work in clay.

Pottery Supply Manufacturers - Ceramic Supply Manufacturers
Find pottery and ceramic supply manufacturers that produce what you need for your pottery.

Make Particle Board Bats for Your Pottery Wheel - How to Make Bats for Your Pottery Wheel
How to make inexpensive particle board bats for your potter's wheel.

Make Particle Board Bats for Your Pottery Wheel - How to Make Bats for Your Pottery Wheel
How to make inexpensive particle board bats for your potter's wheel.

Make Particle Board Bats for Your Pottery Wheel - How to Make Bats for Your Pottery Wheel
How to make inexpensive particle board bats for your potter's wheel.

Mark Particle Board for Pottery Bats - How to Mark Particle Board to Make Pottery Bats
Mark the particle board as part of making bats for your pottery wheel.

Cut Pottery Bats Out of Particle Board - How to Cut Pottery Bats Out of Particle Board
How to cut bats for your pottery wheel out of particle board.

Saggar firing and how to produce it
The history of saggar firing and how to produce it

The Firing Process
The heart of pottery is the heat of the kiln and the firing process. Without firing, clay will forever remain clay. It is through the high temperatures of firing that soft clay becomes durable ceramic. Explore that process.

Engobe - Engobe as a Pottery Term
Engobes are slip-like liquids formulated with less clay in order to reduce shrinkage.

Introduction to working with paper clay
Introduction to the benefits and beauty of working with paper clay

Understand Clays
Different clays have different working characteristics, colors once fired, and temperature ranges for firing. Understanding the possibilities will help you find the right clay for you.

Sgraffito and how to use it
Looking into the history and art of sgraffito and how to use it in your ceramic work

Decorative Techniques
Pottery and ceramics have been decorated in a large variety of ways. The use of glazes, slips, and impressed surface details are only a few of the options available to the pottery and ceramic artist. Explore the world of decorative techniques.

Decorating techniques: Marbling with clay and slips
Marbling with clay and slips; creative decorating ideas to explore with your pottery

Low-Fire Glaze Recipes - Low Fire Glaze Recipes for Pottery
Recipes for low-fire pottery glazes from lower to high temperature.

Low-Fire Glaze Recipes - Low Fire Glaze Recipes for Pottery
Recipes for low-fire pottery glazes from lower to high temperature.

Firing Schedules and Ramps in Pottery
Kilns are fired according to firing schedules, which include how long the kiln will be firing at a certain ramp, or rate of temperature gain.

Overview of the Firing Process in Pottery
It is important to have an overview of the firing process. Firing clay transforms it from its humble, soft beginnings into a new substance, ceramic. Ceramics are tough, strong, and very similar in some ways to stone. Pieces of pottery have survived for thousands of years, all due to clay that met fire.

Oxidation and Reduction Atmospheres in Firing Pottery
Oxidation and reduction atmospheres are the two main kiln atmospheres possible when firing pottery. Both oxidation and reduction refer to the amount of oxygen available in the kiln while firing pottery.

Basics of Hand Building Slab Pottery
Hand building slab pots has a strong history in certain parts of the world. It can be done while the slabs are either soft or stiff. Building with slabs can also be done using slump or drape molds.

Basics of Pinch Pot Pottery Technique
The pinch pot method has been one of the two major techniques used to produce pottery. Discover its value and the various types of poetry it can produce.

When to Underglaze Pottery - Underglazing Pottery
When should a potter underglaze their pottery? Do you need to wait until the pots have been bisqued, or can you underglaze them as greenware?

Five Ways to Apply Glazes To Pottery
Glazes can be applied to pottery in five main ways. These are dipping, pouring, brushing, sponging, and spraying the glaze on.

Low-Fire Clay Bodies in Pottery
Low-fire clays include red and white earthenware. low-fire clay bodies can be used for throwing and hand building pottery and ceramic sculptures.

Low-Fire Pottery Firing Process
The process of firing low-fire pottery, from dry greenware to finished pots.

Mishima - Mishima Technique and Tools
Mishima techniques and tools and explored in this article. Mishima is a type of inlay which allows ceramists to create sharp edges and intricate designs.

Mishima and Flat Plastic Scouring Pad - Mishima and Flat Plastic Scouring Pad
Mishima designs can be revealed by a flat plastic scouring pad.

Mishima and Round Scouring Pads - Mishima Using Round Plastic Scouring Pads
Mishima designs can be revealed by using a round plastic scouring pad.

Mishima and Scouring Pad Sponge - Mishima Using Scour Pad Sponge
Mishima design revealed by using a scour pad sponge.

Mishima and Steel Wool - Mishima Using Steel Wool
Mishima design can be revealed by using steel wool.

Clean Leather-Hard Mishima Design - Clean Mishima Design
Clean leather-hard mishima designs before applying the contrasting slip.

Loop Tool Used in Mishima - Loop Tool and Mishima
A trimming loop tool used to reveal the mishima design.

Metal Rib Used in Mishima - Mishima and Metal Ribs
Mishima designs can be revealed by scraping with a metal rib.

Mishima Using Paint Scraper - Mishima and Paint Scrapers
Mishima design cab be revealed by using a paint scraper.

Mishima and Sandpaper - Mishima Pottery Using Sandpaper
Mishima design revealed by using sandpaper.

Carving Design for Mishima - Carve Design for Mishima
Carving a design is the first step in the mishima technique.

Apply Slip for Mishima - Apply Underglaze for Mishima
Apply the slip or underglaze to the leather-hard incised design to create the mishima design.

Mishima Design Ready for Scraping - Mishima Design Ready to Be Scraped
The dried mishima design is ready for scraping. Scraping will reveal the design again.

Surform Tool Used in Mishima - Surform Tool and Mishima
A Surform tool blade being used to uncover a mishima design.

Pottery Underglazes Definition and Instructions
Underglazes are used in pottery to create designs and patterns that will come up through the glaze covering them. There are different types.

Basic Hand Building Techniques for Potters
Before potters had the wheel, they were creating spectacular pots and clay forms. Using clay, their hands, and a minimum of tools they brought function and artistry together. Here are the three most common forms of producing hand built pots.

Clay Bodies in Pottery - What are Ceramic Clay Bodies
Definition of the term

How to Begin Creating Pottery - Start With Clay
Creating pottery can be a mild interest or a consuming joy. In either case, beginning to work with clay is an adventure. Here are answers to some questions that you may have as how to begin creating with pottery.

Definition of Vitrification in Pottery
An explanation of vitrification in clay and glazes used in pottery.

How Temperature Changes Clay
As a kiln is firing up and cooling down, the changes in temperature make some profound changes in the clay. A look at the stages.

Clays Used in Pottery - Basic Information
What is clay? What types of clay are there? Here is some basic information for you to understand the different types of clays used in pottery.

Basic Pottery Tools (And Their Uses)
An overview of the basic tools potters use in throwing and hand building with clay.

Pottery and Ceramics Definitions and Differences
What are pottery and ceramics? Is there a difference? Is everything made out of clay pottery? Here are the answers.

Hand Building Techniques in Pottery - Make Pottery Through Hand Building
Pottery can be created without the use of a potter's wheel. Explore the ways to produce pottery by hand using simple tools or by using just the hands and fingers.

Create Large Form Pottery with Coiling
How to create large pieces using the coiling technique

Press molds and their Uses
If you’re looking at mass making some of your hand built work then press molds could be the way to go

Obvara Firing and How to do it
Looking into the firing techniques and history of Obvara and how you can use it

History of Terra Sigillata Ceramics
Looking at terra sigillata and its evolution through Roman history

The History of Porcelain from Ancient China to Europe
Beautiful, delicate and hard wearing. We take a look at the history of porcelain and its story.

Dip Glaze Pottery - How to Dip Your Pots into Glaze
Dipping pottery into glazes is one of the oldest methods of glaze application. It is still an easy and useful method today.

Begin the Dip when Dip-Glazing a Pot - Begin to Dip-Glaze Pottery
Before the actual dip into glaze, you need to position the pot correctly.

The Glazing Dip - Dipping Pottery into Glaze
The actual dip of the pot into the glaze, during which glaze adheres to the pot's exterior surface.

After Dipping Pottery in Glaze - After the Pot Has Been Dipped in Glaze
Once the pot has been dipped into glaze long enough for a good coat to adhere to it, it needs to be removed from the glaze.

Create Colored Wax Resist Decoration - Apply Pottery Wax Resist Decoration
A potter creates the design on a pot for a colored wax resist decoration by applying the colored wax to the pot then brushing on glazes.

Create a Colored Wax Resist - Make a Colored Wax Resist for Pottery
How to make a colored wax resit for pottery by grinding colorant then adding wax resist to it. Although a powdered dry stain may also be used, this is an interesting way to use dried out underglazes.

Design on Pot for Wax Resist Decoration - Design on Pottery for Wax Resist Decoration
Begin creating the design for the wax resist on the pot, taking care to place elements correctly, and drawing them on in pencil.

Finish Pot Decorated with Colored Wax Resist - Pottery Decorated with a Colored Wax Resist
How to finish the pot created using a colored wax resist with glazes, along with a look at the final results.

Wax Resist Over Clay Body for Decoration - Apply Wax Resist Over Clay Body for Decoration
Apply wax resist over a clay body for decorative effect. The wax resist will leave an area of the clay body unglazed.

Completed Pot Decorated with Wax Resist and Glaze - Finished Pot Decorated with Wax Resist and Glaze
A completed pot showing the finished decoration using wax resist and glaze.

How to Use Wax Resist and Wax Emulsions in Pottery
Wax resist is used extensively in pottery as a means of controlling glazes and other liquids. It has both practical applications, such as keeping the bottoms of pots glaze-free, and well as decorative applications.

The Glaze Over Wax Resist - Apply Glaze Over Decorative Wax Resist
As you apply the glaze over the wax resist, the glaze will roll off the waxed areas.

Wax Resist Over Slip for Decoration - Apply Wax Resist Over Slip for Decoration
Apply wax resist over slip for another decoration alternative in your pottery.

Staining Ceramic - Pottery Techniques
How ceramic stains are used in pottery and a range of the different types of stains.

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Europe's Hottest Ceramicists
Ceramics is having a real moment in Europe and its popularity is rising. From Amsterdam to Ireland these brilliant ceramic artists should not be missed.

Europe's Hottest Ceramicists
Ceramics is having a real moment in Europe and its popularity is rising. From Amsterdam to Ireland these brilliant ceramic artists should not be missed.

How to Mix Glazes for Pottery
Steps, tips and suggestions on how to mix glazes for pottery.

Raku Clay Bodies - Raku Clays
Raku clay bodies must be designed to be able to withstand the thermal shock involved in the raku process. Discussion includes factors effecting clay performance as well as raku clay body recipes.

How to Bisque Fire Pottery
Tells how you bisque fire pottery, including discussion on the best type of kiln to use, what temperature to choose, and the usual firing schedule or ramp.

Surface Treatments on Pottery - Pottery Surface Treatments
Pottery surfaces can run the gamut from glossy, to silky smooth, to sandpaper roughness, to complete cragginess. Learn how to use the pot's surface itself as decoration.

What is the Japanese Technique of Kintsugi and how to Master it?
The Japanese art form of Kintsugi is a beautiful way of taking something broken and making it beautiful. It means quite literally ‘golden joinery’ or to patch with gold’.

Brilliant Ceramicists to Look Out for in the USA
From Maine to Brooklyn we’ve tracked down a selection of the USA’s most creative potters using a variety of techniques in wheel thrown and hand built.

Pottery Tips and Tricks: What you Need to Know
Pottery can be a bit of a messy business, but there are things you can do to make it a little easier. Here’s some ideas to get your started to make your potting go more smoothly…

What is Raku Firing and how is it Done?
Raku firing is an incredible ancient Japanese ceramics technique that has been used for centuries. Here’s how to use it on your own work to create one-off wonderful pieces.

Best Ceramics Fairs and Markets in the UK
The ceramics scene in the UK has never been stronger, here's our pick of the best exhibitions across the country if you're travelling there this year.

Connect with Potters - Connect with Fellow Potters
Connecting other people who work with clay can be very gratifying. Face-to-face and online, discovering what other potters have to share is a fantastic experience. They can teach us new techniques, give us insight into our craft, inspire us, and help us lift into higher levels of artistry and craftsmanship.

Potter's Associations - Pottery Associations
Look for potter's around the country, around the world, and in your area through potter's associations. Also, don't forget that collector's and their associations can also be great resources for working potters.

Pottery Websites
One of the ways to find other potters is to look for their websites. Many are both interesting and full of good information.

Buying Tips and Product Reviews for Potters - Pottery Buying Tips and Product Reviews
Product reviews and buying tips for pottery supplies, geared to help answer your questions about pottery supplies.

Aztec Pottery Vulture Vessel - Aztec Ceramic Vulture Vessel
An Aztec pottery vessel with vulture decoration. This ceramic piece is from between 1300 and 1500 AD. Page 35.

Mayan Pottery Cylinder Vase with Deer - Mayan Ceramic Cylinder Vase with Deer
Mayan pottery cylinder vase with deer motif. This ceramic piece is probably from the Late Classic to Post-Classic period. Page 33.

Mayan Pottery Figure from Huichol - Mayan Ceramic Figure from Huichol
Mayan pottery figure. This ceramic piece is from the Huichol area in present-day Mexico. Page 34.

Mayan Pottery Funerary Urn - Mayan Ceramic Funerary Urn
A Mayan funerary urn representing solar god Kinich Ahau. Page 24.

Mayan Pottery Plate with Metate Design - Mayan Ceramic Plate with Metate Design
A Mayan plate depicting a woman using a metate to grind cocoa. Page 23.

Pottery Image of Mayan Rain God - Ceramic Image of Mayan Rain God
Pottery urn in the image of the Mayan rain god, Chac. This ceramic piece is from Postclassical Mayapan. Page 32.

Pottery Image of Mayan Sun God - Ceramic Image of Mayan Sun God
This pottery effigy urn is formed in the likeness of the Mayan Sun God. The ceramic piece is from the eastern Yucatan, Late Postclassic period. Page 31.

Mayan Pottery Vase with Costumed Noble - Mayan Ceramic Vase with Costumed Noble
A Mayan pottery vase depicting a costumed noble. This ceramic piece was a burial offering. Page 25.

Polychrome Pottery Bowl from Cholula - Polychrome Ceramic Bowl from Cholula
Phase II polychrome pottery bowl from Cholula, Mexico, ca. 900-1325 AD. This ceramic piece shows painted designs in red, white, and dark brown. Page 28.

A Collection of Pre-Columbian Pottery - A Collection of Pre-Columbian Ceramics
A collection of pre-Columbian pottery and ceramic objects. Page 30.

Slip-Painted Pottery Bowl from Cholula - Slip-Painted Ceramic Bowl from Cholula
Phase II slip-painted bowl from Cholula, Mexico, ca. 900-1325 AD. Glyphs encircle this ceramic piece. Page 29.

Toltec-Styled Pottery Vessel with Mask - Toltec Ceramic Vessel with Mask
A tall pottery vessel in the Toltec style with a mask forming part of the ceramic piece's wall. Page 27.

Mayan Pottery Censer Stand Depicting Bird Deity - Mayan Ceramic Censer Stand Depicting Bird Deity
A censer stand depicting a principal bird deity of the Guatemalan Mayan, ca.250-450 AD. Page 18.

Mayan Pottery Conch Shell with Emerging Vulture - Mayan Ceramic Conch Shell with Emerging Vulture
A pottery conch shell with an emerging vulture, this is probably an example of Mayan ceramics. Page 19.

Pottery Dog from Colima, Mexico - Ceramic Dog from Colima, Mexico
This well nourished-looking pottery dog is from Colima, Mexico ca. 100 BC - 200 AD. Ceramic figures have often been looted from Colima area tombs. Page 14.

Pottery Duck from Colima, Mexico - Ceramic Duck from Colima, Mexico
This pottery duck is from Colima, Mexico. This ceramic piece is ca. 100 BC - 200 AD. Page 13.

Mayan Ceramic Figurine - Mayan Pottery Figurine from Jaina, Campeche
A ceramic figure of an important Mayan person from the island of Jaina. Mayan pottery. Page 21.

Mayan Pottery Cylinder Bowl - Mayan Ceramic Cylinder Bowl
Mayan cylinder bowl with images of humans with bundled offerings, ca. 600-900 AD. Page 22.

Mayan Ceramic Figure from Tikal - Mayan Pottery Figure from Tikal
A Mayan pottery figure from the ancient city-state of Tikal. Page 17.

Mayan Pot Found in Cave - Mayan Pot in Cave
This Mayan pot remains intact and untouched, hidden as in a cave. Page 3.

Mayan Pots Found in Belize - Belize Mayan Pots
Mayan pots found in a cavern in Belize. Page 2.

Mayan Potshards - Mayan Potsherds
Mayan potshards, or potsherds. Pottery.

Mayan Pottery Seated Figure - Mayan Ceramic Seated Figure
A Mayan pottery seated figure. This ceramic figurine was made between 400 - 600 AD. Page 20.

Mayan Woman Ceramic Figurine - Mayan Woman Pottery Figurine from Jaina
Ceramic figure of an ancient Maya woman from the island of Jaina, Mexico. Page 26.

Pottery Tableau of Mesoamerican Ballgame - Ceramic Mesoamerican Ballgame Tableau
A pottery tableau of a Mesoamerican ballgame. This ceramic piece is from ca. 300 BC - 400 AD. Page 12.

Olmec Ceramic Bottle - Olmec Pottery Bottle
An Olmec pottery bottle attributed to the Las Bocas area, ca. 1100-800 BC. Page 9.

Olmec Pottery Figurines - Olmec Ceramic Figurines
A range of Olmec figures created from between 1100 to 800 BC. Page 8.

Olmec Ceramic Fish Vessel - Olmec Fish Pottery Vessel
Ceramic fish-shaped vessel identified as Olmec. Painted black with traces of cinnabar. 1200 - 900 BC. Page 7.

Olmec Vulture Pottery Jug - Olmec Vulture Ceramic Vessel
An Olmec-style jug in the shape of a bird. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Page 6.

Ceramic Plate from El Mirador - Blackware Pottery Plate from El Mirador
A blackware pottery plate from El Mirador. This ceramic plate is from about 300-150 BC. Page 10.

Pre-Columbian Pottery Monkey Bowl - Pre-Columbian Ceramic Monkey Bowl
A pre-Columbian pottery monkey bowl. Page 16.

Tlatilco Ceramic God and Goddess Figures - Tlatilco Pottery God and Goddess Figures
Tlatilco pottery god and goddess figures. These ceramic figures are from about 1200-400 BC. Page 5.

Pottery Tomb Tree from Nayarit - Ceramic Tomb Tree from Nayarit
A ceramic tomb tree from Nayarit, part of the shaft tomb pottery tradition. Page 11.

Chupicuaro Ceramic Figurines - Chupicuaro Pottery Firgurines
Two small earthenware figurines from the Chupicuaro culture, ca. 5000 BC. Page 4.

Zapotec Ceramic Funerary Urn - Pottery Zapotec Funerary Urn
A Zapotec pottery funerary urn from pre-Columbian Oaxaca. Page 15.

Mesoamerican Pottery - Image Gallery
A gallery of Mesoamerican pottery vessels and figures.

Mesoamerican Pottery - Image Gallery
A gallery of Mesoamerican pottery vessels and figures.

Mesoamerican Pottery - Image Gallery
A gallery of Mesoamerican pottery vessels and figures.

Get Started in Pottery - Get Started with Clay
Things to know as you are getting started in pottery and working with clay. Includes how to choose the right clay for you and basic techniques.

Techniques Used to Create Pottery - Pottery Techniques
Creating exciting pottery requires a knowledge of pottery techniques, beyond the skills involved in forming the basic shape of the pot. Here we will explore those techniques so you can use them to your pottery's benefit.

Pottery Projects - Projects in Pottery
Pottery projects help you build skills, have fun, and make useful and interesting objects.

US Pottery Associations - Pottery Associations in the USA
Associations and organizations in the United States supporting and promoting potters and pottery. Connect with other US potters!

National Pottery Associations in the US - US National Pottery Associations
Belonging to national pottery organizations and associations can help broaden a potter's awareness and vision. Such associations are also often able to help support potters in ways small associations cannot, such as in offering group health insurance plans.

African Pottery Associations - Potter Associations in Africa
Associations and organizations in Africa which promote and support potters and ceramic artists.

Australian Pottery Associations - Pottery Associations in Australia
Australian pottery associations are an important part of the ceramic arts and craft scene, supporting their members and opening opportunities.

Canadian Pottery Associations - Pottery Associations in Canada
Canadian pottery associations give Canadian potters a chance to gather together and share their experience. Many provide services such as newsletters and workshops as a part of their activities.

Reviews of Clay Bodies - Clay Bodies Reviews
Reviews of commercially available clay bodies.

New Zealand Pottery Associations - Pottery Associations of New Zealand
New Zealand pottery associations help potters gain a sense of community, learn new skills, share their experiences, and more.

Pottery Tool Reviews - Reviews of Pottery Tools
A potter's tools are an important part of their craft. Here you will find reviews of some of the tools available to potters and ceramic artists.

Underglaze Reviews - Reviews of Underglaze Products
Underglazes are intriguing and yet sometimes overlooked. Commercial underglazes come in a wide variety of forms, which allows for a huge variety of expressive marks. Here are reviews of several pottery underglazes.

UK Pottery Suppliers - Pottery Supplies in the UK - UK Ceramic Material Suppliers
A directory of pottery supply and ceramic material suppliers located in the UK.

Do It Yourself Clay Bodies
Clay bodies you can make yourself, from dry ingredients.

Pottery Glaze Types - Types of Glazes in Pottery
There are a number of types of glazes. They can be characterized by their surface quality, groups of glazes such as ash glazes, and specialty glazes such as crystalline glazes.

Glaze Problems
Problems do occur with glazes. Find out what kind of problems can happen and what to do about them.

Pottery Glossary W-Z - Glossary of Pottery and Ceramic Terms W-Z
Find pottery and ceramic terms beginning with the letters

Ceramic and Pottery Suppliers in South Africa - South African Pottery Suppliers
Places to find ceramic and pottery equipment, tools, and supplies in South Africa. Includes retailers and manufacturers that will sell direct.

Glaze Maturation in Pottery - Pottery Glaze Maturation
Glaze maturation involves kiln temperature, atmosphere, the firing schedule, and glaze composition. Without knowing a particular glaze's needs in order to mature, glaze problems will almost undoubtedly occur.

Temperature and Maturation
High temperatures are needed to convert clay into ceramic. Understand those changes and clay maturation here.

Types of Clays and Clay Bodies - Characteristics of Clays and Clay Bodies
There are many types of clays and clay bodies. Each type has different characteristics; these characteristics determine what a particular clay and clay body is best suited for.

UK Pottery-Related Associations - Pottery-Related Associations in the UK
Associations in the UK that are of interest to potters. Gathering together and sharing information, camaraderie, and support is important for the best potting experiences.

Southeast Asia Ceramic and Pottery Materials Supplies - Southeast Asia Ceramic Suppliers
Suppliers for ceramic and pottery materials, tools and equipment in Southeast Asia.

US Ceramic and Pottery Suppliers - US Ceramic and Pottery Supplies
A listing of suppliers of ceramic and pottery supplies in the United States.

Pottery Project Galleries - Pottery Project Galleries and Images
Galleries of images of various pottery projects. Let them provide you with inspiration.

After the Throwing on the Potterry Wheel - What Happens After Throwing on the Pottery Wheel
Throwing a pot can sometimes only be a first step to something else. Learn more about after the throwing on the pottery wheel, and how you can transforming thrown ware here.

Use Glazes on Pottery - How to Use Glazes on Pottery
Explore the different methods and issues involved in using glazes on pottery.

Centering on the Pottery Wheel - How to Center on the Pottery Wheel
Before throwing itself can occur, the clay must be centered on the pottery wheel. Learn more here.

Coil Pots
Coil pots have been made for thousands of years. Coiling is still a fun and versatile method of creating pottery today.

Glaze Materials and Components in Pottery - Pottery Glaze Components and Materials
Glazes are made up of three essential materials, or components, plus modifiers. The essentials are silica, alumina, and a flux. Glazes can also be modified as to color, surface, opacity, and more.

Glaze Recipes - Pottery Glaze Recipes
Recipes for different types of glazes.

Pottery Overglazes, China Paints, Lusters - Overglazes, China Paints, Lusters in Pottery
Overglazes, china paints, and lusters in pottery can be used to great effect. These are applied over the top of a previously-fired foundation glaze and can add great character to a pot.

Pinch Pots
Pinch pots are the oldest form of making clay vessels. These fun pots are earthy, direct, and can have great presence.

Prepare to Throw on the Pottery Wheel - How to Prepare to Throw on the Pottery Wheel
Before getting to the potter's wheel, there are some preparatory steps. Learn about how to prepare to throw on the pottery wheel.

Ready to Use Clay Bodies
Find out more about commercially available clay bodies, including how to choose the right one for you.

Safety in Ceramics
Safety is an issue when working with pottery or ceramics. Find out more about the safety issues involved.

Slab Pots
Using clay slabs to build vessels offers technical challenges, but also opens a wide field of possibilities.

Pottery Underglazes, Slips and Stains - Underglazes, Slips and Stains in Pottery
Glaze is not the only fluid decorative element that can be applied. Before glaze goes on, you may want to create images and patterns using underglazes, slips, and stains.

Throwing on the Pottery Wheel - About Throwing on the Pottery Wheel
The step of actually throwing on the pottery wheel brings up the walls of the pot. Learn more here.

Pottery as Three-Dimensional Design - 3-D Design and Pottery
Pottery and ceramic art are created in three dimensions. Your pottery will benefit if you know and understand the concepts that go into three-dimensional design.

A Potter's Conceptual Space
Explore the concepts, thoughts, and ideas that have impacted potters and the field of pottery.

Pottery Projects That Use Two or More Forming Methods - Projects That Use Two or More Forming Methods
Many projects use more than one method to shape the clay from a lump into a piece of pottery. For example, thrown forms can have hand built feet, or the reverse. These projects all use at least two different forming methods.

Firing the Kiln
Getting ready to fire and controlling the kiln while firing can be complicated. Learn more about firing ceramic kilns here.

Reviews of Pottery Glazes - Pottery Glazes Reviewed
Glazes are a huge part of the potter's creative arsenal. Commercial glazes are becoming used more and more. Here are reviews of several pottery glazes.

Handbuilding Projects
Step-by-step instructions on how to build pottery projects by hand, generally using limited tools.

Kiln Atmospheres
The atmosphere in a kiln can have dramatic effects on glazes and clay bodies. Find out the types of atmospheres and how to make them work for you.

Monthly Pottery Projects - Monthly Projects in Pottery
Monthly projects are a great way to work on new (or existing) skills, try out new pottery products, plus have some fun. They are also a great way to share your work with others.

Studio Design for Potters
A look at the practical aspects of putting together your working space.

Temperature, Clay, & Glazes
Explore how temperature effects clays and glazes during the firing process.

Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
Step-by-step pottery projects using the potter's wheel.

Pottery Gift Ideas - Pottery Gift and Special Occasion Ideas
As potters, we have a great opportunity to create gifts both from our own hands as well as from our hearts. Here is a collection of pottery gift ideas for special types of people and pottery gifts and projects for special occasions.

Share Pottery Critiques and Thoughts - Share Thoughts and Critiques
Share your thoughts, comments, suggestions, and constructive critiques on work done by various potters. This is not only valuable to you in learning to evaluate pottery, but also to others who read and think about what you have to say.

Find Pottery Classes
Find classes and workshops for potters.

Pottery Tools - Tools for Potters
Potters can benefit from having and using a wide variety of tools. Many are specialized, and yet many also can have a surprising ways they can be used in pottery.

Clay Mixers, Pug Mills and Mixer-Puggers - Clay Mixers, Pug Mills and Mixer-Puggers for Potters
You may want to mix up your own clay bodies. In order to do that, you need some method of mixing dry clays with each other and with water. Find out about clay preparation equipment here.

Ancient and Historical Pottery and Ceramics - Pottery and Ceramics Ancient and Historical
Pottery and ceramics have a history almost as long as humankind's. Ancient and historical pottery give us a legacy that offers a wealth of inspiration, intrigue, and enjoyment. Learning about historical pottery is our way of connecting with the potters of the past.

Interviews with Potters and Clay Artists - Potters and Clay Artists Interviewed
Interviews with potters and clay artists opens doors for our own work. Hearing other people's stories of how they work with clay can be inspiring and also informative.

Potter's Wheels - Pottery Wheels
You will want a potter's wheel if you want to throw clay. Find out more about the different types of wheels here.

Pottery and Potter's Blogs - Blogs for Potters and about Pottery
Blogs by and for potters are great places to connect with other potters from around the world. What a fantastic way to share viewpoints, experiences, and ideas.

Pottery Forums
Another great place to meet other potters is on forums or message boards.

Pottery Kilns
Kilns are the most expensive and the most important piece of equipment of your pottery studio. Find out more about buying them here.

Pottery Tools You Can Make
Many pottery tools are very simple to make yourself. This can be very helpful, especially when you have specific needs or want to create specific effects.

What to Look For in a Pottery Class
What do you look for when you consider a pottery class or workshop? Here are tips and suggestions for you.

Book Reviews for Potters
Reviews of books for potters. Find the right book for you about pottery, ceramics, clay, and other potters.

Booksellers of Interest
Find books on pottery, potters, clay, and ceramics. These are some of the more out-of-the-way booksellers to check out.

Magazine Reviews
Reviews of magazines for potters, ceramists, and pottery enthusiasts.

Magazines for Potters
Find the right magazine(s) for you. Here are the sites of magazines for potters and ceramists.

Pottery Glossary A-C and Symbols- Glossary of Pottery and Ceramic Terms A-C
Find pottery and ceramic terms beginning with symbols and then the letters

Pottery Gossary D-F - Glossary of Pottery and Ceramic Terms D-F
Find pottery and ceramic terms beginning with the letters

Pottery Glossary G-J - Glossary of Pottery and Ceramic Terms G-J
Find pottery and ceramic terms beginning with the letters

Pottery Glossary K-P - Glossary of Pottery and Ceramic Terms K-P
Find pottery and ceramic terms beginning with the letters

Pottery Glossary Q-S - Glossary of Pottery and Ceramic Terms Q-S
Find pottery and ceramic terms beginning with the letters

Pottery Glossary T-V - Glossary of Pottery and Ceramic Terms T-V
Find pottery and ceramic terms beginning with the letters

Understand Glazes
Find out about glazes and their place in pottery. Understand the effects that different types of firing can have, the problems you may encounter with glazes and how to correct them, and the types of glazes you may want to use.

How to Find a Pottery Class
Real-life instruction and practice are very beneficial to learning the craft of pottery. Pottery classes can be found in a number of places. They are also offered on a number of levels. Find the right class for you.

Books and Magazines
There are many resources for potters in print, both through books and periodicals. Book and magazine reviews are offered to help you find the best ones for you and your needs as a potter.

Pottery Projects - Projects for Potters
Step-by-step projects for potters, from beginner through intermediate. Projects will include explorations into various hand building techniques, throwing on the wheel, and decorating techniques.

The Potter's Space
Working with clay takes space, and depending on what you are doing, you will have specific needs. In addition to literal space, there is also the

Throwing on the Wheel
One of the most common methods potters use in creating objects out of clay is to use a potter's wheel. Throwing is the process of shaping the lump of clay using the wheel.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Pottery & Ceramics Glossary - Glossary of Pottery and Ceramic Terms
Like many other endeavors, pottery has its own language. Some words and phrases are fairly clear, but others may seem quite obscure. Here is a list of definitions of some of the terms used in pottery and studio ceramics.

How to Make Pottery – Ceramics, Clay & More
Everything you need to learn how to make pottery. Get information on pottery tools and techniques, as well as inspirational ideas and designs.

Leaf Tableware Set by Beth Peterson - Leaf Pottery Tableware Set
This leaf pottery tableware set was created by Beth Peterson.

Pottery Pitcher Project Photo Gallery - Gallery of Pottery Pitcher Photographs
The Pitcher Project photo gallery, with photographs of various types of pitchers. Explore the use of volume, modifying a given form, and handle making, application, and design in this project. Pitchers are great functional pieces and should be created with a real eye to craftsmanship and aesthetics.

Pottery Pitcher Project Photo Gallery - Gallery of Pottery Pitcher Photographs
The Pitcher Project photo gallery, with photographs of various types of pitchers. Explore the use of volume, modifying a given form, and handle making, application, and design in this project. Pitchers are great functional pieces and should be created with a real eye to craftsmanship and aesthetics.

Solving Crazing Glaze Defects in Ceramics - How to Solve Crazing in Ceramics
Solutions to the glaze defect known as crazing.

Reasons for Glazes to Craze - Glaze Crazing Causes
Causes of the glaze defect known as crazing.

Problems With Clay Bodies - Clay Body Problems and Defects
Problems with clay bodies can occur at any stage of pottery production. These clay body defects can usually, be avoided, however. For all of clay's versatility and incredible flexibility as a medium, it does need to be understood. Clay does make certain requirements of those who work with it, or problems will arise.

How to Choose a Pottery Clay
There are so many choices of pottery clays, it can be baffling. How do you choose which clay is right for you and your pottery needs?

Causes of Glaze Defects on Clay
Glaze defects can be caused by six situations. Find out more about those causes and the glaze defects they can produce.

How to Set Up a Pottery Studio
Working with clay requires certain things from the space we use. Here are some guidelines as to what you will need to consider when you are setting up your own pottery studio.

Ancient Greek Pottery Dog-Shaped Rhyton - Ancient Greek Ceramic Dog-Shaped Rhyton
Ancient Greek rhyton in the shape of a dog. Rhytons were used for drinking and pouring libations out to the gods. Page 43.

Ancient Greek Pottery Glaux Skyphos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Glaux Skyphos
Ancient Greek pottery skyphos in the glaux style, with one handle oriented horizontally and one oriented vertically. Page 45.

Ancient Greek Pottery Lagynos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Lagynos
Ancient Greek pottery lagynos decorated with images of musical instruments. Page 33.

Ancient Greek Pottery Loutrophoros - Ancient Greek Ceramic Loutrophoros
Ancient Greek pottery loutrophoros, a vessel created to carry water during marriage and funeral ceremonies. This loutrophoros is thought to be by the Analatos Painter. Page 36.

Ancient Greek Pottery Oenochoe Jug - Ancient Greek Ceramic Oenochoe Jug
Ancient Greek pottery oenochoe (jug) with cable and floral patterns on the shoulder. Page 39.

Ancient Greek Pottery Pyxis with Female Heads - Ancient Greek Ceramic Pyxis with Female Heads
Ancient Greek pottery pyxis, or cosmetic box, with modeled female heads at the rim and friezes of lions, sirens, sphinxes, and birds. Page 41.

Ancient Greek Pottery Pyxis - Ancient Greek Ceramic Pyxis
Ancient Greek pottery pyxis, or cosmetic box, with lions, a goat, a bull and a swan. Page 40.

Ancient Greek Pottery Ram's-Head Rhyton - Ancient Greek Ceramic Ram's Head Rhyton
Ancient Greek pottery rhyton in the shape of a ram's head. Page 44.

Ancient Greek Pottery Rhyton with Dionysus - Ancient Greek Ceramic Rhyton with Dionysus
Ancient Greek pottery rhyton in the form of the god of wine, Dionysus. Page 42.

Ancient Greek Pottery Skyphos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Skyphos Decoration
Detail of the decoration on an ancient Greek pottery skyphos, or deep drinking cup. Page 46.

Ancient Greek Pottery Stamnos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Stamnos
Ancient Greek pottery stamnos from Etruria, in what is today central Italy. Page 47.

Ancient Greek Pottery Statuette of a Standing Woman - Ancient Greek Ceramic Statuette of a Woman Standing
Ancient Greek pottery statuette of a standing woman in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.. Page 48.

Ancient Greek Pottery Statuette of a Siren - Ancient Greek Ceramic Statuette of a Siren
Ancient Greek pottery statuette of a siren from the National Archaeological Museum of Spain. Page 49.

Ancient Greek Pottery Lekanis - Ancient Greek Ceramic Lekanis
Ancient Greek pottery lekanis, a low bowl form with two horizontal handles and a broad, low foot. Page 34.

Ancient Greek Pottery Kylix - Ancient Greek Ceramic Kylix by Aison
Ancient Greek pottery kylix signed by the vase painter, Aison. Page 29.

Ancient Greek Pottery Bell-Krater - Ancient Greek Ceramic Bell-Krater
Ancient Greek pottery bell krater used to mix water into wine. Page 23.

Ancient Greek Pottery Column-Krater - Ancient Greek Ceramic Column-Krater
Ancient Greek pottery column-krater in the red-figure technique and created between 480 and 470 BC. Page 13.

Ancient Greek Pottery Cycladic Jug - Ancient Greek Ceramic Cycladic Jug
Ancient Greek pottery cycladic jug with a high spout and two nipples done in relief. Page 14.

Ancient Greek Pottery Dinos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Dinos
Ancient Greek pottery dinos, a large, deep bowl with a small, rounded lip and a rounded bottom. Page 15.

Ancient Greek Pottery Epichysis - Ancient Greek Ceramic Epichysis
Ancient Greek pottery epichysis, a vessel used for pouring wine and characterized by long neck and spout, with a high looped handle. Page 16.

Ancient Greek Pottery Hydria Decoration - Ancient Greek Ceramic Hydria Decoration
Close up showing details of the decorations on an ancient Greek pottery hydria. Page 19.

Ancient Greek Pottery Hydria - Ancient Greek Ceramic Hydria
Ancient Greek pottery hydria, a jug specifically created to carry and pour water. Page 18.

Ancient Greek Pottery Kantharos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Kantharos
Ancient Greek pottery kantharos, or deep drinking cup with two pronounced handles. Page 20.

Ancient Greek Pottery Kernos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Kernos
Ancient Greek pottery kernos, a vessel used to hold multiple offerings at one time. Page 21.

Ancient Greek Pottery Kyathos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Kyathos
Ancient Greek pottery kyathos or dipper showing Dionysus and a maenad. Page 25.

Ancient Greek Pottery Kylix - Ancient Greek Ceramic Laconian Kylix
Ancient Greek pottery kylix, or drink cup, in the style of the Arkesilas Painter. Page 26.

Ancient Greek Pottery Kylix - Ancient Greek Ceramic Campanian Kylix
Ancient Greek pottery kylix or drinking cup, circa. 400 - 350 BC. Page 27.

Ancient Greek Pottery Kylix Interior - Ancient Greek Ceramic Kylix
Interior view of an ancient Greek pottery kylix, or drinking cup, done in the white-ground style. Page 28.

Ancient Greek Pottery Kylix, Type B Style - Ancient Greek Ceramic Kylix, Type B Style
Ancient Greek pottery kylix, or wdie drinking cup in the Type B style, which has a longer, thinner base stem. Page 32.

Underside of Ancient Greek Pottery Kylix - Underside Ancient Greek Ceramic Kylix
Underside of an ancient Greek pottery kylix signed by the vase painter Aison. Page 30.

Ancient Greek Pottery Lekythos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Lekythos
Ancient Greek pottery lekythos, usually used to hold oil or perfume during religious ceremonies. This lekythos is attributed to the Sappho Painter. Page 35.

Ancient Greek Pottery Mastoi Cups - Ancient Greek Ceramic Mastoi Cups
Ancient Greek pottery mastoi cups. The design shows Persian influence. These were made in Athens circa 460 BC and were probably created by Sotades. Page 37.

Ancient Greek Pottery Krater - Ancient Greek Ceramic Memorial Krater
Ancient Greek pottery krater memorializing a man at his grave site. Page 22.

Ancient Greek Pottery Black-Figure Siana Kylix - Ancient Greek Ceramic Black-Figure Siana Kylix
Ancient Greek black-figured kylix in the siana style, in which images were made to take advantage of their gradual revelation as the wine in the cup was drunk. Page 31.

Ancient Greek Pottery Volute-Krater - Ancient Greek Ceramic Volute-Krater
Ancient Greek pottery volute krater used to mix water and wine together made between 440 and 450 BC. Page 24.

Ancient Greek Pottery Alabastron - Ancient Greek Ceramic Alabastron
Ancient Greek pottery alabastron, a long vessel most likely used to hold perfumed oils for use after bathing.

Ancient Greek Pottery Amphora Decoration - Ancient Greek Ceramic Amphora Decoration
Ancient Greek pottery black-figured amphora decorated with dancing satyrs and maenads. Page 7.

Ancient Greek Pottery Askos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Askos
Ancient Greek pottery askos, a flask form developed from animal-skin wine sacks. Page 11.

Ancient Greek Pottery Attic Amphora - Ancient Greek Ceramic Attic Amphora
Ancient Greek pottery amphora from Attica, made using the black-figure technique. Page 2.

Ancient Greek Pottery Black Figure Amphora - Ancient Greek Ceramic Black Figure Amphora
Ancient Greek pottery black-figure amphora made in Athens about 520 - 500 BC. Page 3.

Ancient Greek Pottery Calyx-Krater - Ancient Greek Ceramic Calyx-Krater
Ancient Greek pottery krater, a vessel used to mix water into wine, in the calyx, or flower-shaped, form. Page 12.

Ancient Greek Pottery Amphoriskos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Corinthian Amphoriskos
Ancient Greek pottery amphoriskos, or small jug, showing animals and a siren. This amphoriskos was made in Corinth. Page 8.

Ancient Greek Pottery Neck-Amphora - Ancient Greek Ceramic Neck Amphora
Ancient Greek pottery neck-amphora now residing at the British Museum in London. Page 5.

Ancient Greek Pottery Neck-Amphora - Ancient Greek Ceramic Neck-Amphora
Ancient Greek pottery neck-amphora, one of the many types of amphorae, or storage jars, that has been identified. Page 4.

Ancient Greek Pottery Aryballos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Pyriform Aryballos
Ancient Greek pottery aryballos, a small jug used to carry perfumes and oil. Page 10.

Ancient Greek Pottery Amphoriskos - Ancient Greek Ceramic Shell-Shaped Amphoriskos
Ancient Greek pottery amphoriskoi formed in the shape of seashells. Page 9.

Ancient Greek Pottery Swordsman Amphora - Ancient Greek Ceramic Swordsman Amphora
Ancient Greek pottery neck amphora showing a sowrdsman. Page 6.

Ancient Greek Pottery - Image Gallery
Images of ancient Greek pottery showing a diversity of types from alabastron to stauettes.

Ancient Greek Pottery - Image Gallery
Images of ancient Greek pottery showing a diversity of types from alabastron to stauettes.

Ancient Greek Pottery - Image Gallery
Images of ancient Greek pottery showing a diversity of types from alabastron to stauettes.

Ancient Greek Pottery - Image Gallery
Images of ancient Greek pottery showing a diversity of types from alabastron to stauettes.

Ancient Greek Pottery - Image Gallery
Images of ancient Greek pottery showing a diversity of types from alabastron to stauettes.

Egyptian Pottery Hippos - Ancient Egyptian Pottery Hippos
Two ancient Egyptian pottery hippos, photographed by nikoretro in the British Museum in London. Page 17.

Egyptian Pottery Leopard - Ancient Egyptian Pottery Leopard
An ancient Egyptian pottery leopard, photographed by nikoretro in the British Museum in London. Page 16.

Ancient Egyptian Tomb Statues - Ancient Egyptian Pottery Tomb Statues
Egyptian tomb statues located at the Field Museum of Chicago. Page 15.

Ancient Egyptian Amphora - Late Dynasty 18 Egyptian Amphora
An ancient Egyptian amphora from the later part of the 18th Dynasty. Located in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Page 8.

Ancient Egyptian Figure-Vase - Ancient Egyptian Pottery Figure-Vase
An ancient Egyptian pottery figure-vase in the form of a woman and child. Located in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Page 11.

Ancient Egyptian Game Board - Ancient Egyptian Paste Game Board
An ancient Egyptian game board made using Egyptian paste. From the Brooklyn Museum's exhibition of Egyptian artifacts called To Live Forever, February 12-May 2, 2010. Page 13.

Ancient Egyptian Piriform Jar - Ancient Egyptian Pottery Jar
An ancient Egyptian piriform pottery jar from el-Amarna. Located at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Page 10.

Egyptian Pots - Ancient Egyptian Pots
Ancient Egyptian pots found in Old Kingdom tombs located in Giza. Currently at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Page 2.

Egyptian Potters - Ancient Egyptian Potters
Ancient Egyptian potters depicted in a wall-painting as they wedged, formed, and fired their wares.

Ancient Egyptian Pottery Chalice - Ancient Egyptian Blue Lotus Pottery Chalice
An ancient Egyptian chalice in the form of a blue lotus. This piece is located in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Page 4.

Ancient Egyptian Scarabs - Ancient Egyptian Paste Scarabs
Ancient Egyptian scarabs carved from Egyptian paste and stone. Located in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Page 7.

Detail of Ancient Egyptian Amphora - Detail of Egyptian Amphora, Late 18th Dynasty
Details of an ancient Egyptian amphora dated from the late 18th Dynasty. Located in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Page 9.

Ancient Egyptian Bowl with Lotuses - Ancient Egyptian Pottery Bowl with Lotuses
An ancient Egyptian pottery bowl depicting lotuses. Located at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Page 5.

Egyptian Burial Pottery - Ancient Egyptian Burial Pottery
Ancient Egyptian burial pottery, including a pottery sarcophagus. Located at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Page 6.

Ancient Egyptian Long-Necked Vessel - Ancient Egyptian Long-Necked Pottery Vessel
An ancient Egyptian long-necked pottery vessel from Abydos. Located in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Page 12.

Egyptian Pottery Statues - Ancient Egyptian Pottery Statues
Ancient Egyptian pottery statues placed in tombs. Located at the Field Museum, Chicago. Page 14.

Ancient Egyptian Pottery - Ancient Egyptian Pottery Figure, Bottle-Pendant, and Stool
Ancient Egyptian pottery, including a figure of a hippo and a bottle-pendant in the form of a fish. Pieces are located at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Page 3.

Ancient Egyptian Pottery - Image Gallery
A gallery of ancient Egyptian pottery and ceramics, demonstrating the craftsmanship of these ancient potters.

Ancient Egyptian Pottery - Image Gallery
A gallery of ancient Egyptian pottery and ceramics, demonstrating the craftsmanship of these ancient potters.

Ceramic Stains as Brush and Ink Painting - Ceramic Stains Mimic Brush and Ink Painting
Ceramic stains can be used to mimic the look and effects of brush and ink paintings. In this example, the Pegasus was painted using cobalt oxide in distilled water.

Preliminary Pencil Drawing on Bisqueware
Preliminary drawing can be done on bisqueware. The pencil drawing will allow you to plot out the image and will fire out.

Use Ceramic Stains as Line Drawings - Use Ceramic Stains for Line Drawings
Use ceramic stains to create line drawings on bisqueware. In this case, the stain is red iron oxide in distilled water.

Ceramic Stains as Washes - Ceramic Stains Used as Washes
Ceramic stains can also be used as washes, not just for lines. Thin layers can be built up to increase the ceramic stain's density.

Dry, Trim, and Decorate Pottery Plates - Dry, Trim, and Decorate the Plate
Dry, trim, and decorate your pottery plate as desired.

Bisque, Glaze, and Fire Your Plate - Bisque, Glaze, and Fire the Pottery Plate
Bisque, glaze, and fire the pottery plate. Once it is out of the glaze firing, it is ready for use.

How to Throw a Plate on the Potters Wheel
How to throw a pottery plate on the potter's wheel. Although it may seem an easy shape to throw, there are some ways the clay can trip you up.

Center and Open the Clay Low When Throwing Plates - Center and Open the Clay for a Thrown Plate
Center and open the clay for a thrown plate, keeping the clay low to the bat.

Compress the Thrown Plate's Floor - Compress Thrown Plate's Floor
When throwing, compress the plate's floor in order to strengthen the plate and reduce cracking and warping.

Throwing the Plate Rim - Throw the Plate Rim
Slowly throw the plate's rim, taking care to support the underside.

Cut the Plate Off the Bat - Cut the Pottery Plate Off the Bat
Cut the plate off the bat, being sure to have the cut-off line as tight as possible.

How to Make a Thrown Pottery Table Lamp
How to make a thrown pottery table lamp, from start to finish.

Throw Cylinder for Pottery Lamp - Throwing a Cylinder for a Pottery Lamp
Throwing a cylinder for a pottery lamp. The thrown cylinder will be altered.

Alter the Thrown Cylinder for the Pottery Lamp - Alter the Thrown Cylinder for Pottery Lamp
Alter the thrown cylinder for the pottery lamp you are creating.

Finalize and Fire the Pottery Lamp Base - Finalizing and Firing the Pottery Lamp Base
Finalize and then fire the pottery lamp base.

Put the Lamp Together - Assemble the Lamp
Put the lamp together. Use the directions to more easily assemble the parts.

How to Throw off the Mound
Throwing off the mound (or throwing off the hump) allows potters to make quantities of small pots or bowls very quickly. It is a technique that many production potters master and use as a matter of course.

Open the Clay while Throwing off the Mound - Opening the Clay while Throwing off the Mound
When throwing off the mound, the upper portion is the only part that is opened.

Finish the Pot's Form while Throwing off the Mound - Finishing the Pot's Form while Throwing off the Mound
Finish the pot as you throw off the mound just as you would with other throwing.

Wheel Trim the Pot while Throwing off the Mound - Wheel Trimming the Pot while Throwing off the Mound
When throwing off the mound, do a preliminary trim of the pot while it is still on the mound.

Cut the Pot off after Throwing on the Mound - Cutting the Pot off after Throwing on the Mound
Cut the pot off after throwing it on the mound, being careful to keep the cut off line parallel to the bat below.

Remove the Pot and Continue Throwing off the Mound - Remove the Pot and Continue to Throw off the Mound
Once it is finished and cut off, remove the pot and continue throwing off the mound.

Throwing the Walls of a Pot while Throwing off the Mound - Throwing Pottery off the Mound
Throwing off the mound includes throwing or pulling up the pot's walls.

The Last Throw of the Pot's Walls while Throwing on the Potter's Wheel - The Final Throw of the Pot's Walls while Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
The third throw is usually the final throw of the pot's walls while throwing on the potter's wheel.

How to Throw Clay and Pots on the Potter's Wheel
The entire process of forming a pot out of clay on the potter's wheel is generally called throwing. There are several steps within that process, such as centering, opening, throwing the walls, and finalizing the form.

Speed and Movement while Throwing on the Potter's Wheel - The Importance of Speed and Movement while Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
Demonstration of the importance of the proper speed and movement while throwing on the potter's wheel, using the first throw as an example.

Compress the Pot's Rim after Every Throw while Throwing on the Potter's Wheel - Compress the Pot's Rim after Each Throw while Throwing on the Wheel
After every throw while throwing on the potter's wheel, you will need to do several things, including compressing the pot's rim.

Throw or Pull Up the Pot's Walls while Throwing - How to Throw or Pull Up the Pot's Walls while Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
How to throw or pull up the pot's walls while throwing on the potter's wheel.

Sponge Up Excess Liquid after Each Throw while Throwing on the Wheel - Use a Sponge, Remove Excess Liquid after Each Throw while Throwing on the Wheel
After every throw while throwing on the potter's wheel, you will need to do several things, including using a sponge to remove excess liquid.

Packing Pottery for Mailing and Shipping
Safely packing pottery to mail or ship it takes the knowledge of how to pack it so it won't break.

Freeze Pottery in Place when Packing for Mailing - Freeze Pottery in Place when Packing for Shipping
It is vital to freeze the pottery in place when packing it for mailing or shipping.

Complete the Packing of Pottery to Be Shipped - Complete the Packing of Pottery to Be Mailed
Once the pottery has been packed, it is time to complete the packaging ready for shipping or mailing.

How to Pack Pottery in a Box That Is too Large - Pack Pottery in a Box That Is too Large
How you pack pottery in a box that is too large is very important to the pottery's survival.

Packing Multiple Pots - How to Pack Multiple Pots for Shipment
Packing multiple pots for shipment is a continuation of the packing principals for one pot.

Cut Clay Surfaces for Decoration
Surface decorations in clay pieces include incising, carving, fluting, and faceting.

Fluting Pottery - How to Flute Pottery
Fluting pottery means to cut narrow vertical grooves into the pot. It is another method of creating surface decoration and interest.

Carving Clay for Pottery Decoration - Decorate PotteryThrough Carving the Clay
Carving large areas of clay can be used both to decorate pottery and to create sculptures.

Incising Clay for Pottery Decoration - Incise Clay for Pottery Decoration
Clay can be incised to create pottery decorations. Various incising tools will give differing incised lines.

Cut the Front and Back Panels of the Pottery Heart Picture Frame - Cut Front and Back Panels of Your Pottery Heart Picture Frame
The pottery heart picture frame has two major components: the front and back panels. It is best to use a template to cut these shapes out of the clay slab.

Make a Pottery Heart Picture Frame
Make a special heart picture frame from pottery to show that special someone that you love them or to display their picture. This frame can be customized to your needs and desires and will be able to be hung from the wall.

Roll Slabs for Your Pottery Heart Picture Frame - Roll Out Clay Slabs for Pottery Heart Picture Frame
The pottery heart picture frame is a slab-built piece. For this project, you will need to roll out slabs for the front and back panels.

Cut Out the Heart Opening for the Pottery Heart Picture Frame - Cut Out the Opening for Your Pottery Heart Picture Frame
You will need to cut out the heart-shape opening from the front panel of your pottery heart picture frame.

Assemble the Pottery Heart Picture Frame - Assemble Parts for Pottery Heart Picture Frame
Assemble the parts of the pottery heart picture frame, being sure to score and slip each connecting surface.

Punch Hole to Hang Pottery Heart Picture Frame - Punch Hole to Hang Your Pottery Heart Picture Frame
Punch a hole through the soft leather-hard clay so you can easily hang your pottery heart picture frame when it is completed.

SurForm Tool Sharpens Lines of Pottery Heart Picture Frame - SurForm Tool Blade Sharpens Lines of Pottery Heart Picture Frame
Use a SurForm tool or blade to sharpen the lines of your pottery heart picture frame.

Glaze Your Pottery Heart Picture Frame - Glaze and Finish Your Pottery Heart Picture Frame
Glaze and finish your pottery heart picture frame. It is now ready for pictures of those you love.

Hand Build a Basic Slab Pot
Creating pots with slabs is probably the most technically challenging of the hand building techniques. Because of the structural stresses, it is important to create good seals and welds between slabs.

Create the Base of the Slab Pot - Make the Base of the Slab Pot
Using a clay slab, create the base of your pot. This will be the foundation for the sides.

Create First and Second Sides of Slab Pot - Create Sides for Slab Pot
Begin making the sides of your slab pot. They will attach on top of the base.

Attach First Two Sides of Slab Pot - Attach Sides of Slab Pot
Attach the first two sides of your slab-built pot. You will apply slip to the scored edges.

Create Last Two Sides of Your Slab Pot - Make Last Sides of Slab Pot
Create the last two sides of your basic slab pot. These will fit in between the first two sides.

Attach Last Two Sides of Your Slab Pot - Attach Last Sides of Slab Pot
Attach the last two sides of your slab-built pot, using slip on all scored edges.

Finish Your Slab Pot - Finish the Slab-Built Pot
Finish your basic slab pot by smoothing the joints and top edges.

Drying Your Basic Slab Pot
How to safely dry your newly created pottery.

Decorating Pottery with Slip Layering - Layering Slips to Decorate Pottery
One technique for decorating pottery is that of layering slips and then carving down through them.

Decorating Pottery with Paste-on-Paste - Paste-on-Paste Decorating Pottery
Slips can be used in decorating pottery with the paste-on-paste technique, in which thick slip applications are carved.

A Potpourri of Slip Decorating Techniques
Decorating pottery with slips has a deep history and a wealth of variations. Slips can be used in conjunction with other decorative techniques to bring about even more decorative options for pottery.

Decorating Pottery with Slip and Rubber Stamps - Slip and Rubber Stamps Decorating Pottery
Slips and rubber stamps can also be used to decorate pottery. In this case, you can achieve an impression at the same time as delivering contrasting colored slip.

Decorating Pottery with Sgraffito - Sgraffito Used to Decorate Pottery
Decorating pottery can be done using the sgraffito technique of incising down through slip.

Decorating Pottery Using Slip in Mishima - Slips in Mishima Technique Decorating Pottery
Decorating pottery using slip in the mishima technique is very similar to wood or stone inlay in its effect.

Pottery Decorating Techniques Using Slips
There are many interesting and diverse pottery decorating techniques involving the use of slips. Effects range from very linear to very textural, and from very fluid to quite hard-edged. This is Part 1 of 2 describing these techniques.