Terracotta Clay Cup

 Method: Making a Terracotta Clay Cup

PART A: Making the Cup

Step One
Cut a piece of clay using the wire cutter tool. Shape into a ball. 
Step Two
Cup the clay ball in the palm of your less dominant hand. Poke your other thumb into the centre of the clay ball, ¾ of the way to the bottom. 
Step Three
With your thumb in the clay, rotate the clay around in your palm pressing gently into the side of the ball of clay, and supporting the clay by your palm. 
Step Four
Work your way around the pot with even pressure of your thumb and index finger to create an even thickness wall.
Step Five
If the clay starts to dry, dip two fingers in water and rub this over both hands. Too much water will make the clay sloppy.
Step Six
Use moist fingers to smooth out cracks in the clay. 

PART B: Joining a Handle

Step One
Use even pressure from finger tips to roll out a coil of clay. 
Step Two
Score both sides of the objects to be joined and apply slip to the score marks. Press pieces of clay together. 
Step Three
Use a coil around the join and blend to both. Smooth the joins and blend the seams. 
Step Four
Leave to dry for bisque firing. Lightly cover with plastic bags to slow the drying process and prevent cracking. 


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