I’m very excited to share with you one of my favourite DIYs in the last…few days. Ok let’s make it a month! Clay Pottery has its roots in the ancient history and even though today ceramics can be found in stores, I believe making pots remains a beautiful craft. Depending on the effect you want to achieve some can be created on the pottery wheel, however I believe that a decorative piece is probably done best by hand. As a result their unique, beautiful shape makes them irresistable!
I have to be honest here – I really don’t need more pots, since I hardly find place to keep my current collection but I couldn’t resist the temptation to try making some speckled clay pottery at home.
- air dry clay
- plates / round objects
- craft knife
- favorite finish (I have used the granite / speckled pattern paint – light and dark)
- matt/gloss pottery sealer (optional however I recommend giving your pots a coat of it to make sure they are protected and resistant to water)
1. Roll out the ball of clay with a wooden roller (or a round piece of wood like I did) to get the thickness consistent.
2. Place the round plate/object on top and cut away the excess clay.
3. Use the excess clay, roller and a ruler to form the pot borders. To get the exact measure of the border needed, you can use this formula : 2 · π · r / where π = 3,1415 and r = radius in cm. So if the radius of your base is 5 cm (10cm diameter), you will need the border to be about 32 cm to pinch it together. Alternatively you can just make it a bit bigger and cut to size without doing any maths!
4. Combine both elements by hands, pinching the border to the bottom of the pot. Leave it over the night to air dry.
5. When dry – spray paint it using your favourite finish, and sealer if you wish.
Project, styling and photography : Agata Dimmich for Homedit