Here are instructions on how to make a simple flower pot. I am making 200 of these for favors at my wedding in May. I needed a design that was simple and easy. I just changed the textures to keep it interesting.
For this project I used a Modeling tool, Knife, Needle Tool, Metal Rib, Slip, and a Template.
First, I pounded out 1lb of clay and rolled it flat to about 1/4in thick. On the last roll I put burlap over the clay for texture.
Next I used my template to cut the clay. I used an old piece of linoleum because it holds up well against the wet clay after many uses. Then I shaped the piece, scored, and put slip on the edges so they will attach well. (Slip is liquid clay: A potter’s glue)
I save the extra clay from the original slab to cut a bottom for the pot. Again I slip and score the areas to be attached. Then I take the metal rib and compress the attachment, make the bottom concave, and push the extra clay up around the bottom edge of the pot.
For the last step I make little buttons to put on the attachment seam. I use the modeling tool to make indentations in them. Then I let it dry and fire it in the kiln! I won’t glaze them to save time. Because they are flower pots its good to leave the clay unglazed and porous anyways. This clay fires to a nice white color.
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