Make Your Own Clay Pot

A major leap forward for prehistoric cultures is signified by the knowledge of how to transform mud to pottery. Pots made from clay are much lighter making them even easier to transport them.

To make your own clay pot you should first start by harvesting enough clay from river banks. To those areas that have clay-rich soils, you can have clay by digging the ground till you reach the clay layer.

Clay soils come in many colors and even textures if some small bits of stones or sand are in that layer. To know the best clay for pottery, you should have in mind that all good pottery clay should easily be tied into a knot without breaking.

In arid climates, clay that is usually collected is dry. For you to use it, you should grind it into powder and then add water to rehydrate it. This way, it can be ready for pottery.

You may add some crushed quartz or sand to temper your clay before you start making your pot. After you have done all and come up with a pot, you should now think of firing the pot. Drive off the chemically bonded water in the dried clay pot. The heated mud becomes ceramic once it has dried up. This means it can never melt in the presence of water. Here is a clear step by step guide of how to make a clay pot;

Allow it to arid

To get rid of all but the attached water from its fragile walls, your anticipated pottery wishes to arid for weeks. If water does no arid fully, it will be prone to result in condensation and that spreading out will result in fractures, ruptures or vicious blasts. Sarcastically, you require water to craft pottery, although water will as well rupture it.

Pre-warm tenderly

When you expose dry pottery to thermal shock, it is likely to burst. Little by little warm the pottery and roll the piece close to a fire to pre-warm it. Don’t just a glow a heap of firewood above a cold pot. Either, do not blaze on a windy day. The weak pottery can rupture when a breezy explosion of wind sends a breezing stun wave through it. Controlling temperatures and shocks can be achieved through the use of a deep firing pit.

Fire systematically

Once pre-warmed close to a fire, surround the item or heap of items with a loop of burning firewood and then thrust them nearer to the pot little by little, over the period of an hour. You should gently place firewood over the pottery and hide it in the fire once it is very hot.

Lastly, before moving it from the vestiges of the fire let the pottery calm down totally and also check it for breaks. If not a bit is visible, tap it by means of your fingernail. If it rings similar to a timer know you performed an excellent work and if it does not you will be able to use it, although it might not stay for a longer time. More Sculptures by Babcock.

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