Learning to throw clay on a pottery wheel is a basic skill every potter needs, and it is generally used to make round objects such as cups and cookie jars. After the basics have been mastered, many potters are looking for new skills to conquer. Making a decorative vase may...

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There are many ways to decorate pottery. For single pieces, the artist usually does this step by hand. They shape the piece and add colors to make a pleasing pattern. Sometimes they will add texture to a piece using different methods. There are tools specifically made to texture pottery. One...

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Color is an important facet of the beauty of pottery. Rather than using paint, stains are used once the piece has been shaped and gone through its first firing. These stains are specially made to be used on fired pottery. They deliver an even color and are spread with a...

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All pottery begins as clay. After the clay has been shaped, it is then fired in a kiln. Depending on the ingredients added to the clay, the firing temperature varies and produces different products. There are three basic classes of pottery after firing. They are earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Earthenware...

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