Monday, December 2, 2013

How To Make Pottery From Mud (or clay)

How To Make Pottery From Mud (or clay)

Pottery is an ancient art often used as a form of storage for something. Maybe for carrying water, or just simply storing salt to preserve your meat with. Pottery is normally made with soil that has a large amount of clay. Mud can also be a decent substitute but should be strengthened with straw or grass so it doesn't become too brittle.

First you will want to either buy pottery clay, or go collect some mud with a large amount of clay in it. It's really not too hard you should just be able to go find a place with hard to dig soil maybe near a creek and dig some up.

After you do that, you need to figure out what you are going to be using this pottery for. Is it a cup to drink out of? A bit strange to use pottery for but, ok. Just shape it your desired shape. If using mud then use grass too to help it hold its shape.

Now, you must put it in an oven to bake. Sometimes you can sun dry it if its a REALLY hot day, but lets just use the oven for now. Put the oven on a very low temperature and set the pottery on a baking sheet. Just leave it in there until all the moisture is dried up. Do not leave it in there too long, as it will become brittle and crack.

It's so easy, a caveman can do it.

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