Beginning Ceramic Art

Beginning Ceramic Art

Try Ceramic Art

Sit with an artist who is working with wet clay, watch them work and your interest in ceramic art may be captured for the rest of your life. Work with your hands in wet clay, focus entirely on forming it into the shape you wish and let your troubled thoughts melt away.

You can stop at any point where you are unhappy with the form the clay is taking and begin over. It is not necessary to be an artist or to even have artistic talent. Whatever you make from the clay is your creation, and does not have to be judged by anyone else.

The piece thrown off the potter’s wheel is only the first look at how it will appear when completely finished. Glazing and firing or baking you creation changes the appearance of it during each step of the process.

Many people are reluctant to take the first step of signing up for a workshop or college course because of concerns regarding the expense of the potter’s wheel or kiln. Others are concerned that creating ceramic art is too technical a process. Finally, some simply believe they have no artistic talent and would be embarrassed at what they produce.

Crafting ceramic art is simpler today than ever before. A potter’s wheel is not necessary to create ceramic art such as statues, vases and decorative dishes or anything else that can be thrown by hand-spinning on a wheel.

Handcrafting clay primarily requires the use of an ordinary rolling pin instead of a potter’s wheel. While a wheel may be in the future for the handcrafter, it is not necessary. If a new wheel is desired – used ones are difficult to find and generally spin unevenly due to overuse – they last for many years and the artist learns to become very comfortable with their own wheel.

Firing your creation is another process that offers options. Beginners and veterans alike often opt to use polymer clays that are baked – or fired – in your kitchen oven. If desired, kilns are available in graduated sizes to fire increasingly larger pieces of art. The prices, of course, depend on the size and type of kiln. Once again, used one are difficult to find and may have years of glaze and clay spills in them, which potentially can ruin your piece.

Don’t concern yourself with negative thoughts of how difficult you think creating ceramic art may be, instead, sign up for a course or visit a friend who is a potter and learn for yourself the pleasure and satisfaction ceramics will give you.