I lucked into a professional level potter's wheel for a great price this past weekend. While pottery is something I've been interested doing in my whole life, I've never actually used a wheel before. There are plenty of beginner classes and workshops around... but there are also a lot of videos on YouTube. Any reason I shouldn't have a go at it myself and put money towards tools/supplies/a kiln instead of spending it on a class? [more inside]
Salt dough isn't good for the very long term when it comes to durability, so I need suggestions. I don't have access to a kiln, but anything else is fair game. This is for keepsake handprints for a baby and preschooler.
I need to make circular shapes - consistently and regularly - from a material that can only be described as fibrous clay with some waxy residue. I need to find some kind of hand-held device/gadget that will make these circular shapes without breaking. [more inside]
Can you help me identify and replace a smashed up clay figurine? [more inside]
What are these mystery pellets on my desk? [more inside]
Day of the Dead---In desperate need for front landscaping makeover but want to DIY. Where do I start? [more inside]
What are your favorite clay sculpting beginners' resources? [more inside]
How to attach polymer clay to a tin? [more inside]
How can I stamp my name and a date into a tiny clay sculpture? [more inside]
Is there a name for the flaky, layered clay/soil deposit with a striking metallic sheen found in my childhood neighborhood in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
Why would new, store-bought soil turn to clay in just over a year? [more inside]
A question for all of the artists (and a bonus question for the doll makers): what type of clay (or other sculpting material) should I use for this project? More information inside. [more inside]
What malleable substance can be shaped like clay for craft projects but turns out lighter like styrofoam once hardened and dried?
Does this substance exist? Arts & crafts people or hardware store people: for a craft project, I want a material that is malleable like clay but winds up lighter-weight like styrofoam/polystyrene once it has set and hardened. Maybe it it's dispensed from a tube or can? [more inside]
New tree planted in clay with poor drainage. Can it / should it be saved? [more inside]
What did American Indians use to glaze and paint their pottery and clay sculptures? Recipes or good links to such would be awesome. [more inside]
Flat Roof Filter - We're trying to get our garage roof replaced and are having problems locating a supplier for the clay tile end caps that run around the edge of the roof. [more inside]
The soil in my tiny yard is hard as concrete, but I want to grow a garden. Tips? [more inside]
I would like to buy my girlfriend a potter's wheel for her birthday, but don't really know anything about where to look, what to look for, or the price I can expect to pay. Any suggestions or recommendations? [more inside]
I'm trying to waterproof tiny objects made out of air-drying craft porcelain, but I've had little success. Suggestions for a translucent waterproofing material, or, perhaps, an alternate sculpting material? [more inside]
The top of my terra cotta baker is shattered. The bottom (glazed inside) ist still intact. Can I still use it? Do I need a different cover or any cover at all?
Why would someone ingest powdered clay? Is this harmful, or are there some nutritional benefits? [more inside]
I'd like to learn to sculpt. Where should I start? [more inside]
What can I do with a large quantity of yellow clay? [more inside]
A-E-I-O-U! Does anyone know this old sand animation show and song? What about the red-and-blue clay? [more inside]
Clay in Dublin: In a pretty massive change of directions, Slothrop and I will be moving to Dublin this fall for 9 months. He'll be busy doing his Fulbrighty stuff, and I'll be busy doing, well, whatever I want. What I want is to have access to some kind of ceramic studio. [more inside]
Does anyone know where one could buy a "wavy" cheese cutter? [more inside]
Does there exist a CD Launcher? [more inside]
I haven't been able to find much info on aquascaping a fish tank. I want to create my own landscape, and was hoping to find some sort of aquarium safe clay or similar material to sculpt my new environment from. Are there any fish enthusiasts out there who can help me out?