Are you interested in ceramic crafts? In this brief guide, you’ll learn some of the basics about making ceramic crafts, plus our recommendations for essential ceramic craft supplies. If you’re just starting out as a potter or ceramicist, this guide is for you!
Basics to Crafting with Ceramics
As you might already know, there are differences between pottery, ceramics, and clay which people often get confused. What makes ceramics so special? Ceramics are the end result after clay has been heated (at a stifling hot temperature!) This process ensures that once dried, the clay (now ceramic) will never be able to dissolve in heat or water, unlike normal clay. Not all ceramics are made from clay. Pottery on the other hand, is a form of ceramic, but can only be made out of clay.
Most often, people craft ceramics by hand or with the help of a mold, they are then fired in a kiln (of which there are several different types). After the ceramic is totally dry, a potter can then decide how to decorate or glaze the ceramic.
So, what are some ceramic crafts that you can make? Well some of the most popular ceramic crafts go-tos are:
● Ceramic bowls;
● mugs and ornaments, and more.
It’s no doubt you’ve already come across a handful of decorated ceramics in your time (or perhaps you own many or are even a potter yourself!) A quick search on Amazon and you’ll find already prepared ceramics ready to paint. Painting with ceramics can be a great craft project for both adults and kids alike.
Essential Ceramic Craft Supplies
Crafting with ceramics is not as simple as one might think. Unlike painting, drawing, knitting, or other hobby crafts, making ceramics requires essential tools that, without them, would make it quite impossible to create ceramics.
As previously mentioned, a kiln is a must-have tool in order to transform clays into ceramics. While there are a variety of kiln’s you can use, the most popular is an electric kiln. Take time to think about your needs, available work space, frequency, and insulation, as these are the most important factors you should consider before making a final decision on a kiln.
The second most important item on your ceramic must-have list is a potter’s wheel. Electric wheels are convenient for potter’s as they can have maximum wheel control via a foot pedal. The wheel turns as the potter centers or throws the clay (however throwing is for advanced potters). It’s rare for beginners to use unprocessed clay, but in case you are thinking about expanding or growing a business, then investing in a clay processor is well worth it at this stage. This tool is useful for mixing clay ingredients if you are to prepare everything on your own.
Ready to dive into the world of ceramic crafts? With this brief guide, you can get started knowing the basic types of items you’ll need, whether for short or long-term projects, in addition to the diverse type of ceramics you can make. Happy creating!