How to start making pottery as a hobby

Pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people, it is an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.

The best way to get started in the hobby of pottery is to take a few classes. More than likely there are a few small businesses around that offer lessons that are affordable and very informative. Many lessons teach you some small amounts of basics and then you just jump on the wheels and see what you can create. Most of what you find in the hobby of pottery is that, by doing you will become a better potter more quickly.

By taking lessons first you gain a few distinct advantages. First of all the equipment in this hobby is rather expensive so one huge plus is that you don’t have to go out and purchase any supplies. The classes are generally reasonably priced and should include the materials and kiln time that you will require to finish some initial projects.

Another big plus in taking lessons first is that most places have a variety of clays, wheels, tools, and materials that you may experiment with. The differences in using a kick wheel as opposed to an electric one can only be found out be truly trying each one first. The shops in which you take your lessons will most likely have one or more of each type of wheel.

Another plus in starting out through the use of lessons is that you will probably waste quite a bit in materials as you first start to figure out how to truly make the clay mold correctly and shape into what you want it to be. The different tools that a normal shop may have will be fun to sample so that you may see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to go out and buy.

The final note about started out in this hobby by taking some lessons is that most shops also have kilns. When you do decide to take the jump and buy a wheel for your home you may find that you have enough cash for the wheel but probably not for a kiln. Most potters starting out can rent kiln time at some of the more friendly pottery places.

Finding a used pottery wheel is probably the most cost-effective way of starting to get some equipment. However, when they are advertised, they disappear very fast. Try to by the first caller when you see an ad posted and the first one to visit. The wheels won’t last. If you can afford a new wheel, please go that route and there are tons of avenues both online and through supply stores where you can find wheels of all types and models.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever your desire, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

When you get all set up

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