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Make it With Air-Dry Clay
Make a functional vessel to hold your precious possessions or store your favourite items. Whatever you choose to put in it, it will add
a unique handmade touch to your home.

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  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 1
    Step 1

    Prepare five individual coils by hand, using 90 g (3 oz) of clay for each one, rolling from the centre out towards the ends to create an even coil about 1 cm (. in.) in diameter.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 2
    Step 2

    Roll out about 180 g (6 oz) of clay to a slab about 1 cm (. in.) thick.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using a circular cutter or bowl, press out two shapes to form a base and lid.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 4
    Step 4

    Wrap paper around the cardboard tube and hold it in place with masking tape. (The paper will make it easier to release the tube later.)

    Tuck the excess paper inside the tube and secure again with masking tape.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place the cardboard tube over the centre of the clay base, leaving about 1 cm (. in.) of clay around the edge.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 6
    Step 6

    TIPS AND IDEAS
    • Use bowls covered in clingfilm as a former, to create different shapes and sizes of vessels.
    • Experiment with leaving some of the coil joins visible and merging others so they
    create an intrinsic pattern within the pot.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 7
    Step 7

    Brush the coils with clean water on the edges to be joined.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 8
    Step 8

    Place the first coil firmly on the base slab around the tube. Overlap the ends of the coil and cut straight through them to get an accurate fit around the tube.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 9
    Step 9

    Using your fingers and clean water, smooth the end of the coil together.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 10
    Step 10

    Add the remaining four coils in the same way, building the vessel up to a height of about 7 cm (3 in.).

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 11
    Step 11

    Tear away the paper and then carefully remove the tube.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 12
    Step 12

    (If you leave it in place, the piece will shrink and crack.)

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 13
    Step 13

    Place work on a plastic sheet to dry and after 24 hours turn the coil pot on its rim to help the base dry evenly.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 14
    Step 14

    Make a small ball of clay, about 2 cm (. in.) in diameter, for the knob of the lid by rolling it in your hands. Gently
    press it onto the centre of the wetted lid that you cut out in Step 3.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 15
    Step 15

    Dip a brush in clean water and brush around the base of the knob to attach it to the lid.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 16
    Step 16

    Use a damp sponge to gently smooth and tidy the surface of both the coiled pot and the slab lid.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 17
    Step 17

    DECORATION

    Using masking tape, block out the areas you don’t want sprayed.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 18
    Step 18

    Spray paint the base and bottom coils first with
    the lightest colour, i.e. yellow

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 19
    Step 19

    Once dry, remove the masking tape and re-mask over the sprayed colour and continue with the next lightest
    colour – in this case, pink.

  • Step 20

    If preferred you can spray freehand to achieve a more gradated look.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 21
    Step 21

    Once dry, apply the final colour, blue, to the top coil and interior of the piece.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 22
    Step 22

    DECORATING THE LID

    Spray paint the lid with the light colour first and then mask to create a pink handle.

  • How to sculpt a clay pot. Lidded Coil Pot - Step 23
    Step 23

    The underside of the lid can be
    decorated, too, once the top is completely dry.

    TIPS AND IDEAS
    • You can develop different surface decoration techniques by, for example, experimenting with merging sprayed colours
    or using masking tape to create crisp straight lines of contrasting colour.
    • Create a hole in the centre of the lid and, instead of attaching a ball of clay, attach a large bead as an added decorative detail.

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