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.
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.
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.
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