Most people think that knowing how to work a pottery wheel or kiln is necessary to make pottery. The fact is that you can make clay pots without having to use it. It is easy and you really do not have to be an expert with clay working to create a pot that you can use for your plants outside the house. There is a method that you can do to accomplish the task at hand and only requires you to use that which has been already mentioned—your hand. Here is a guide you will follow. This guide is suited for beginners that will teach you the basics of pottery.
- Prepare what you will need. For this pottery project, you will need a roll or ball of polymer clay, a couple of toothpicks, a sponge, a bowl of water, glaze or acrylic paint, and a paint brush. Once you have all these, start pottery 101.
- Prepare the clay. You probably have a tub or sheet of polymer clay. What you will want to do is take what you need to form a ball. The size of the ball will be dependent on the size of the pot you want to make. For the sake of instruction, take enough to form a ball that you can grasp with one hand. Take the clay and knead it thoroughly. This will release any air pockets inside the clay. Roll it even more and form it into a ball. Use your hands and a flat surface for this part.
- Create the cavity. Once the clay has been balled up, use your thumb and press down at the center of the ball. This will create a crater in the clay. Keep pressing until you get deep into the clay. At a certain point, use your thumb to press along the sides of the crater to make it bigger. Make sure to press evenly on all sides so that the crater will expand evenly inside the clay as well. Keep at it and at a certain point; you can use some of your other fingers to clear the center. The thickness of your clay walls should be about a fourth of an inch. Hence, when you reach that thickness, you can stop the expansion at the sides and concentrate on the depth of the crater.
- Create the rim. Take a small piece of clay from the leftover clay and start rolling it into a long string-like mold. Use that to line the edges of your crude pot. Make sure to mold the edges of the pot and the elongated mold together. You can do this by adding a little water to the seams.
- Design the pot. Once you are satisfied with your clay creation, move on to designing your pot. Get a toothpick and use it as a pencil to etch certain designs on the side of the pot.
Once you are done designing, allow the clay to dry naturally and harden. Once hard, you can now glaze or paint it. If you went with the former, then you will naturally have to fire or bake the pot entirely. If you went with the latter, baking is not necessary.