For those who are interested in the art of throwing pottery clay you may be wondering what types of pottery supplies you need, and which types of pottery clay are best for which projects. Included in pottery supplies are clays, wheels, tools and more.
Some people may have a pottery wheel for sale or kilns for sale that those interested in getting started may want. Others may have children they want to teach and are looking for a kids pottery wheel. Still others may want to know what type or brand of clay for sale is right. There are many things to learn and know about throwing pottery clay and having the best pottery supplies can help you do your best work.
The best part about pottery clay is that you can try many techniques, many types of clay and many types of pottery equipment until you find what works. Anyone who works with pottery clay will need to decide what temperature range they want to work in. A low fire kiln uses less energy and less money to operate. However, if one plans to create pottery that will be frequently used, such as dinner wear, a high fire kiln is best because it creates a tighter bond in the pottery clay, making it less porous. Color of pottery clay is also a decision for those who are working with the medium. Reds and browns are nice for some projects while whites are ideal for certain types of pottery glazes. Of course, much of the choosing is based on preference so the crafter should simply decide which colors they think best suit the project.
When purchasing clay, limit your initial purchases until you know what kind of pottery clay works best. That way, if you’re not happy with the brand, you haven’t thrown too much money away. Consider shipping costs as well. It doesn’t make sense to pay exorbitant prices for pottery clays that you are not happy with. Still, if you know you are going to be blazing through the pottery clay quickly, ordering in bulk is recommended. Some people can go through clay quickly when they are working at a fast, focused pace. Others, who may only get to the pottery wheel once in a while, will not want to buy as much as it will dry out or expire before use.
Ultimately, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty as you explore the wonderful world of throwing pottery clay. Having the right pottery supplies helps you make the projects you desire and the art of throwing also has great benefits. It’s cathartic, it’s fun and you can create beautiful and lasting pieces. And who knows, perhaps thousands of years from now someone may unearth and admire something you created!
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