Anyone who has ever attended summer camp probably worked with pottery clay. This naturally occurring and bountiful resource is often the basis for pottery. Pottery clay is excavated from the Earth and compressed into a fine powder. The finished product, pottery clay, is then mixed with other materials such as coffee grounds or sawdust to decrease the weight of the completed piece.
Ceramic items such as vases, bowls and dishes can be created using pottery clay. Some people are more inclined to use porcelain instead of pottery clay for their pottery creations, but both mediums to create artistic masterpieces that are truly timeless. To achieve the perfect pottery clay creation, it is important to know a few tips that will not only help you create the perfect piece, but it will also help you store your precious ceramic pieces.
When working with pottery clay, it is important to remember that there is a finish on the clay body that imparts an attractive lustre to the piece. This type of finish is typically referred to as glazing. Glazes are commonly chosen to create colors and patterns on pottery clay bodies because glaze has unique chemical properties that make it attractive. In addition to glaze, there is another type of finishing that may be used on pottery clay bodies. This finishing is referred to as patina. It has a very natural and beautiful look that imparts an air of elegance and natural beauty to the product.
One important factor to consider when choosing the right material to work with is hand building vs. throwing. Pottery potters that are not familiar with the proper techniques for hand building have a harder time developing pieces that look as good as, if not better than, their throwaway counterparts. On the other hand, throwing tends to result in faster firing and development of intricate designs. If you are a successful professional potter that wants to create pieces for the market that sell for a premium price, it is recommended to develop a hand-building process that works well for you.
When searching for a pottery clay product, beginners may be overwhelmed by the variety of shapes, sizes, and colors available to them. There are also a number of different plans that may be used for different projects. For instance, some amaco glaze and underglaze products come in only white glazes, while others come in a wide variety of different colors. It is best to use a general color that you like in the beginning as your guide. The more you experiment, the easier it will be to know which colors will go with what and which will stand out and not look so good together.