TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST CERAM­ICS CLASS

Most art cen­ters of­fer be­gin­ner ceram­ics classes where you can learn the ba­sic ma­te­ri­als, pro­cesses, and tech­niques for mak­ing pot­tery. Prep your­self with Naomi Cleary’s ad­vice.

Do It Yourself - - Meet The Maker -

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GET READY TO GET MESSY Al­though most clay washes out, it’s best to wear clothes you don’t mind mess­ing up. Closed-toe shoes and an apron or towel

are also en­cour­aged.

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SEE THE PROCESS THROUGH Don’t squash your first piece if it doesn’t turn out just right. Use it to test dif­fer­ent glazes and ob­serve how the fir­ing process works—even if your fi­nal prod­uct is more of a

lumpy mass than a teapot.

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CUS­TOM­IZE YOUR CRE­ATION Get cre­ative with ev­ery­day items like plas­tic forks, cake dec­o­rat­ing tools, or rub­ber stamps to shape forms. Af­ter fir­ing, per­son­al­ize your pot­tery with acrylic paint, per­ma­nent mark­ers, or

paint pens.

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