How to Make Pottery at Home without a Wheel

Do you want to begin with pottery? All too often, people think they can do it only with a wheel. Problem is though, wheels are super expensive, and often they are an investment for serious potters. What if you’re a beginner potter that isn’t ready to drop a whole bunch of money on a wheel, or you don’t want to work with a wheel yet? Well, let’s talk about some of the different ways on how to make pottery at home without a wheel that you can try out.

Pinching Pottery

  • Create a hole with your thumb, or a well
  • From there, slowly pinch it until you’ve got a bowl that’s about 6 mm thick
  • Flatting it out so it sits in a stable manner
  • Stamps and impressions on the clay to create an imprint
  • Painting if you feel like trying something new

Slab it Up!

  • Rolling Pin
  • Rolling Guides
  • Let them slowly dry out, and check on these every few days to a week
  • Once they have hardened, you essentially can put these together

Score and Slip?

When you’re using slabbing, you essentially need to use score and slip. That’s because, if you try to push these together otherwise, it’s not going to work. So how is this possible? Well, read on to find out just how you achieve this.

  • Slosh it around so that it can move about
  • Finely shave the clay so that it works
  • Use your finger to spread on the slurry, it should be thick and clayey
  • From there, attach these together with a wooden bat to help secure this
  • Repeat the process until all of the sides are attached to one another
  • From there, you cut some lengths that are about a centimeter wide
  • From there, draw out where the walls will come to the lid
  • From there, score and slip so that it’s in the line at the centimeter lengths so that it creates a square on the side of the lid
  • It will create a rim to help it stay steady
  • Make the worms and then squash them onto the sides so that it’s reinforced, and make sure that it stays on until they’re fired off.

Coil it Together!

The last and probably most versatile of these techniques that don’t use a wheel is coiling. It also allows you to make things that are useful, but it does take a bit of time to begin.

  • Roll them along the work surface
  • Always make sure that the rolls will be proportional to the size of the pot
  • From here, put the first coil against the base
  • Hit it with the bat to help the clay adhere to the base, and smooth the inside and the outside of the coil itself to create a surface that contours
  • Repeat this process, making sure that whenever the top coil is blended in with the one under it
  • Give it hits with the bat each time
  • If you don’t finish this in a single period, cover it with bags and leave it in a place that is cool
  • If needed, you may have to slip and score the coils when you come back so that they can apply it together

Finishing these off

When you finish any of these off, you need to use the right techniques to make them look better. You can do the following to make these better for you:

  • Carving designs
  • Glaze the pot
  • Fire this
  • White
  • Green
  • Bracelets
  • Erasers
  • Pencils and Pens
  • Pins

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