After your lessons…

Once you’ve completed a Beginners class you most likely will sign up to be a member as you realise you LOVE working with clay!

  1. You will be assigned a member number and a Welcome Pack. You will also have access to an induction to help you familiarise yourself with the Club.
  2. Purchase a bag of clay from our Clay Store.  It’s best to start off with the same clay you used in class as you’re already familiar with it.  We have all the basic tools available to start with, but you can start building your own tool box by purchasing tools and equipment from various pottery suppliers listed in “LINKS”.
  3. Start making stuff!  If you need to be reminded on “how to..” just ask an experienced member near you.  Everyone here at the club is friendly and would be happy to assist.  Don’t be shy.  We were all beginners once so we understand how overwhelming and “daunting” it is when you don’t have a tutor to guide you.
  4. Watch Youtube or Instagram videos on pottery making and discover different making and decorating techniques…there’s so much you can do with clay! See our useful links below.
  5.  Always remember…practice, practice and practice.  The more you do it the better you become.  

Handy Youtube videos on how to..

5 common ceramic glaze defects and how to fix them.

This is a handy video on how to apply “brush on” glazes.  Good viewing for first time glazing!

How to achieve a beautiful glaze finish by layering glazes.  This is where the “magic” happens!

Create a stunning GOLD finish!  Containing actual gold, the luster is an overglaze that is typically applied to accent or highlight ceramic wares or jewelry. It adds an elegant metallic, mirror-like finish to the work. Typically applied to glaze-fired pottery, on top of the glaze.

Not very good at drawing?  Or want a printed design all over your piece?  Try this easy and exciting tissue transfer technique!

Pulling a handle!  There are many ways to create a handle for your mug or jug, but this is the more traditional way..which some potters find difficult to do.  This video makes it look easy!

Making a Damp box.  This is a handy box to have if you want to save your pieces from drying by keeping your pieces leather hard..for quite a long time!

Cool underglaze techniques!  This video will show you a variety of colorful techniques you can use with underglaze and low-fire clay: sgraffito, inlay, transfer, painting, and maiolica.

It's getting hot in here!

When you’re new to pottery we can understand there’s so much to take in, and you generally only get to learn the basics in class. So we’re here to help…

Learning about firing temperatures for your clay pieces and which temperatures go with which glazes can be confusing.

You may have seen the word “Cone“. This term applies to Pyrometric cones used to measure heatwork in a kiln firing. 

But mostly, you may have also seen the word “Cone” on Glaze labels…this would refer to the temperature the glaze fires to/or can go to.

It’s important to fire to the suggested temperature range/cone number, as this will give you the optimum glaze results. If in doubt, ask someone. Most labels state a firing range, but some will say the cone temperature recommended for that glaze… READ THE LABEL!

At RPG we refer to three levels of firing:

  • High Fire or Stoneware e.g., cone 8 – 11
  • Mid-fire e.g., cone 4 – 7
  • Low fire or Earthenware e.g. around cone 05, 06

Also, don’t get confused with Cone 06 and Cone 6…they are different temperatures! 

Check out the charts for more info.

more useful links...

If you want to start learning at home, or you have started classes and want to learn more there is A LOT of pottery information on You Tube, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.  There are a lot of links here to support people at different levels of ability and interest – from beginners to advanced potters. Find the best ones that suit you and explore new options for yourself.  Look for online groups e.g., Facebook or Pinterest which centre around your interests. We will keep adding periodically. Happy Pottering!


Wheel throwing

Underglazing, glazing and decorative Techniques