How to Make an Air Dry Clay Vase

How to Make an Air Dry Clay Vase

Creating a vase from clay can be a fun and rewarding project. Here are the steps you can follow to make your own handmade vase: Creating a vase from clay can take time and practice, but the end result can be a beautiful, functional piece of art.

Materials you will need:

Clay Pottery wheel or slab roller Clay cutting tool Rolling pin or slab roller Needle tool or trimming tool Sponge or cloth Glaze (optional) Kiln (optional)

Step 1

Prepare your clay Before starting, you'll need to prepare your clay. If you're using dry clay, you'll need to add water to it and knead it until it becomes a workable consistency. You can also use wet clay that is ready to use.

Step 2

Choose your method There are different ways to create a vase, including using a pottery wheel or hand-building with clay slabs. Choose the method you prefer.

Step 3

Use the pottery wheel (optional) If you're using a pottery wheel, center the clay on the wheel and shape it into a cone. Wet your hands and start spinning the wheel. Use your hands to shape the clay into a vase form, pulling the clay up and outwards. Use your thumb to create an indentation in the center of the clay and shape the vase into the desired form.

Step 4

Use clay slabs (alternative) If you're hand-building with clay slabs, use a rolling pin or slab roller to flatten the clay into a flat slab. Cut out a template of the vase shape you want and cut around the template with a clay cutting tool. Assemble the slabs together using a slip and score technique to create the form.

Step 5

Trim and smooth the edges Once you've created your vase form, use a needle tool or trimming tool to cut off excess clay and smooth out any rough edges.

Step 6

 Let the vase dry Allow the vase to dry until it's leather-hard, which means it's no longer soft and pliable but not completely dry. At this point, you can carve designs into the clay or add textures.

Step 7

 Apply glaze (optional) If you want to add color to your vase, you can apply glaze to the surface before firing it in a kiln. Glaze can be brushed on or sprayed on, and it comes in a variety of colors.

Step 8

Fire the vase (optional) If you've used glaze, you'll need to fire the vase in a kiln to set the glaze. Follow the instructions for your specific glaze and clay type. Once the firing process is complete, your vase is ready to use or display.