Pottery Techniques

Pottery Ideas:

Truly, the only limits to the types of projects that can be done in clay are those you place on yourself!  Of course, there are some requirements to meet in order for the piece to bake correctly, the color to shine through, and the piece to stay together for usage - but - how you get to those requirements are up to you.  You can follow the tired and true or create your own style.  For ceramics projects at Spin and Gogh, we have 6 basic types as outlined below.  However, by combining the construction techniques of the projects, your creativity is unlimited!  Click on the picture for the type you want to explore to access its gallery of project ideas.  

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Painting Greenware:

This type of project is limited to the decoration and finishing stage of the item.  It is ideal for groups/team building activities for all ages if time is a concern. You simply choose an item that has been created by our staff that has already been baked once.  You apply whatever decoration you wish - paint, glaze, etc. - to personalize the item.  A variety of shapes are available for you to choose and we may be able to make custom pieces as well.  Learn more about Greenware

Slump and Press Molds:

Molds are a common tool in pottery creation when trying to replicate a specific shape or size.  In both press and slump molds, you start with a flattened sheet of clay (like slab construction above).  That sheet of clay is then draped over a mold or forced into a mold using only the pressure of your hands.  The clay will take on the shape and texture of the mold as it dries.  The projects can become very elegant when decorating with extruded elements, carving, or glazing.  This is perfect for creating functional pieces such as bowls, plates, or large trays.  The perfect project type for pottery beginners.

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Slab Construction:

This type of project first rolls the clay into a flat sheet (using our slab roller or done by hand), which are then cut into individual pieces that are joined together into a variety of shapes.  A lot of the projects will use right angles (likes boxes), but the objects can be any shape including curved/rounded objects.  Although simple to construct, the best projects focus on the decoration of the project using color, textures, or patterns.  This is a great way to make useful household items such as jewelry boxes, pencil holder, etc.

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Extruded or "Woven":

This type of project uses a clay press (extruder) to make long strips of clay in a variety of shapes and thicknesses (like noodles!).  These strips are then combined in a manner very similar to weaving a fabric.  Typically, they are draped over a mold to hold a specific shape while they dry.  They are some of the most elegant types of pottery when used to create shapes like bowls or baskets.  They require more time, concentration, and imagination than other projects, but each individual part of the construction is not very difficult.

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Wheel Spun:

This is the type of project most people think of when they describe pottery.  It consists of a lump of clay spun on a wheel (hand or electric powered) and formed into an object such as a bowl, plate, or cup.  The key to using the wheel is centering the clay, and then maintaining symmetry using a firm hand.  Beginners should start with the hand powered wheels and move up to electric once they get more familiar with how clay responds to water, speed, etc.

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Slip Casting:

Slip casting is the method used to make most of the ceramics we use on a daily basis.  It allows for almost perfect replication of a piece of pottery using a plaster mold.  The required elements to slip cast are: 1.) your reference piece, 2.) a plaster mold, 3.) clay slurry.  The difficult part of this type of project is making your perfect reference piece initially.  As such, this is a more advanced project type.  However, once you have the piece you want to copy, the mold construction and piece formation is straight forward. This is ideal if you make a piece you love and would like to turn it into a set.

Contact Information

Address: 212 Tran Van Tra Street, Panorama Complex, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Phone: +84 938 814 076

E-Mail: spinandgogh@gmail.com

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