How To Make Clay And Do Pottery?

There are several different types of clay that can be purchased and used. Six basic types are Earthenware, Stoneware, Porcelain, Ball Clay, Fire Clay, and Kaolin. Earthenware is really porous, iron clay that is fired at low temperatures. Stoneware is a combination of clays that is fired at high temperatures.

Porcelain is a combination of clays and minerals that are fired at extremely high heat that turns white. Ball clay is from rare mineral that’s the tendency to shrink when heated. Fire clay withstands heating well and can be used to produce more complicated items. Kaolin is natural, white clay which can be fired at high temperatures. You can browse http://www.claygroundonline.com/ to get brief on types of clays.

Most basic recipes can quickly be carried out by adults and children together for sculpting a variety of pottery creations. Look at the recipes below for great homemade clay.


Recipe 1- Air Harden Pottery

Ingredients:

* 2 Cups Water

* 3 oz Sugar free Lemon Gelatin

* 2 Cups Flour

* 4 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar

* 1 Cup Salt

* 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

Directions:

* Bring the water to a boil in a pot over heat.

* In another cooking pan, mix the flour, gelatin, cream of tartar, and salt.

* Pour the boiling water to the pan of the flour mixture.

* Add the vegetable oil to the mixture.

* Stir all ingredients over medium heat until a baseball of clay forms.

* Place the ball on a plate for approximately five full minutes to cool.

* Once cool, knead the ball of clay.

* Utilize the clay to produce a pottery sculpture.

* Allow the piece to harden for at least 24 hours (may take longer with regards to the density of the project and the atmosphere).

* The clay may then be painted if desired.

* Store any unused clay in a airtight container or bag.