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Apr
05

Primitive Pottery Supply List

Getting started in pottery can be expensive and daunting. Even primitive pottery, which does not require expensive equipment like pottery wheels or electric kilns, can be challenging for a newcomer. Where, for example, can a person buy a puki? Or what can I use for black paint? This page offers a quick, easy list of […]

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Feb
24

How to Get Into Pottery Cheap

Pottery or ceramics is sometimes listed among the more expensive hobbies to get started in. To make modern pottery you need many things… You need to buy materials like Clay Glazes You need different tools like Pottery wheels Bats Slab rollers And you need to fire every pot twice which involves Fees to use someone […]

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Jan
27

Tempering Pottery Clay

Temper is non-plastic material that is added to clay to keep it from cracking when it dries. It is most often sand, ground stone or ground fired ceramics but historically a wide range of materials have been used for temper.

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Jun
25

Primitive Pottery: A Complete Guide for Beginners

Pottery making is a popular hobby for millions of people today which is not surprising because just about everyone has enjoyed playing with mud from the time they were children. What does surprise me is that practicing such an ancient craft is dependent on so much expensive equipment. It seems that the making of primitive […]

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Jul
31

What is a Puki and How is it Used to Make Pottery

If you ever learn about Native American Pueblo pottery or really any sort of traditional Southwestern pottery you will eventually hear the work “puki” used. And if you are new to Southwest pottery you will no doubt wonder “what is a puki”? No worries, I am here to set the record straight. I have been […]

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Jul
09

How to Process Clay

So you found some natural clay, great, but now what? How do you process clay into a usuable material suitable for building pottery or sculpting? It is actually not all that hard to process natural clay, primitive people have been doing it without the help or any specialized equipment for millennia and so can you! […]

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Jun
28

How to Find Clay, the Definitive Guide

As a lifelong potter and clay finder it always surprises me how many potters have never found and processed their own clay. Most people just do not realize that wild clay is everywhere and making usable clay out of it is not hard. That is why I decided to write the definitive guide on how […]

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Jun
23

Where is Clay Found?

When I first went looking for native clay it seemed to be a rare thing, like gold or silver, I couldn’t find wild clay anywhere. But I knew that it had to be much more common than it appeared because ancient people made pottery wherever they lived. So I did a little bit of research […]

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