2. Even pressure In order to create consistent surfaces apply even pressure on the clay and make sure that the clay completes one rotation before you move your fingers. This is especially important while making the walls of an object. In other words you can’t move any faster than the clay moves, or else you will just create a spiral rather than even walls.
3. Will power There’s another good expression which can be applied to pottery. “Between a rock and a hard place.” Remember that you are (in most cases) much bigger and heavier than your ball of clay. Be the rock upon which the clay smashes again and again until it moves to center.
4. Slow down! Each step of the process gets slower and slower until you stop and are finished. From high speed while centering to the slowest speed while finishing the walls or wiring off.
5. Chin up! Don’t lose hope because you’re not a master potter on the first day, week or even year. Accidents happen and so do mistakes. Just remember that there is plenty of clay in the world, but very little time, so it’s key to learn from your errors and try, try again.
6. Practice, practice, practice As with any art whether it’s playing the violin or painting, repetition and learning from your mistakes and success are vital. Work at it until you’ve got it, then work at it some more.
Mike Morrison is a 28 year old language teacher who loves foreign travel and learning new cultures. He has visited 20 countries in the last 10 years, including living in South Korea for two years teaching elementary level English. Mike enjoys blog and article writing on assorted topics including pets, hobby crafts, music, environmental issues, and physical fitness. Mike would love to hear from anyone sharing his interests. Contact Mike
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