Start with the right clay: Choosing the right clay is essential for pottery making. There are different types of clay, such as earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain, each with different properties. Make sure you choose the right clay for your project.
Wedge the clay: Before you start working with the clay, make sure to wedge it thoroughly. This process helps to eliminate air pockets and creates a more uniform consistency.
Keep your hands moist: Pottery making requires your hands to be moist so the clay doesn’t stick to them. Keep a bowl of water nearby to dip your hands in as needed.
Use the right tools: Pottery making requires specific tools such as a pottery wheel, clay knife, and trimming tools. Make sure you have the right tools for the job.
Practice centering: Centering the clay is one of the most important techniques in pottery making. Practice centering until you feel comfortable and confident with the process.
Keep the clay level: As you work on your piece, make sure to keep the clay level to avoid distortion or collapse.
Be patient: Pottery making requires patience and practice. Don’t get discouraged if your first attempts don’t turn out perfectly. Keep practicing and refining your technique.
Experiment with different shapes and textures: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different shapes and textures. This is where pottery making can become a truly creative and enjoyable process.
Pay attention to drying and firing: Proper drying and firing are crucial to the success of your piece. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and make sure your piece is completely dry before firing.
Have fun: Pottery making can be a fun and rewarding hobby. Don’t forget to enjoy the process and have fun creating something unique and beautiful.
Custom Stamp for mugs
Great link for a demonstration with a custom stamp for the side of a mug. See the process first hand with Instagram link.
Clean up! Smooth Shiny Bottoms
Cleaning up the bottoms of cups and mugs to a glass smooth finish. Polishing the bottoms. The bottom of the form should be finished in a professional manner. This process is easy and provides a glass finish to the bottom of a ceramic form. And it is safe. I use the diamond sanding disc that are designed for smoothing granite from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074Z2V9RN
How to make a stamp?
Here is a quick link to a youtube video on how to make a brass stamp. There are a number of things to consider. Hope this helps.
Video: How to make a stamp.