Let’s talk about the basics of making pots:

Teaching

Wedging: Is a method (like kneading bread dough) used to work and mix the clay to eliminate air bubbles and to make it a consistent plastic texture.

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Centring and Coning: Is the manipulation of the wet clay on a rotating Wheel Head to start the throwing process.

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Throwing: Is the process of the hand control to shape the clay on a rotating Wheel into a circular shaped vessel or pot.

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Turning or Finishing the Vessel: This is carried out on the vessel when it is in a leather hard condition by using a metal tool to cut excess clay, shape the bottom of the vessel and create a foot ring. Eliminate air bubbles and to make it a consistent plastic texture.

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Handles: They are pulled or formed and attached to the vessel when it is in a leather hard condition.

biscuitfiring Biscuit firing: Is carried out in a Kiln to fix the shape of the dry vessel prior applying a glaze. Usually to a temperature of 1000°C or just below or above.

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Glazing: Is the process of coating the vessel with a thin layer of glaze powder composition which when glaze fired creates a glass surface. This then makes the vessel suitable for domestic use.

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Firing: Is the process to melt the glaze composition at high temperature on to the vessels surfaces. Firing can be carried out in an electric, gas or wood fired kilns. The degree of heat for the firing depends on the materials used.