How to Make a Ceramic Teacup
Trace a pattern onto clay and etch it to create decorative pottery.
Materials and Tools:
clay (a very plastic hybrid of white stoneware and porcelain clays)
underglazes in various commercial colors
clay tools: ribs, loop, wooden shapers
wire clay-cutting tool
foam sponge brush
pointed wooden tool such as a chopstick
small fine-tipped bottle
drill with paint mixer
2. Place the clay ball on a bat and put it on the potter's wheel.
3. Form a cup shape with the clay on the potter's wheel.
4. Shape the form with rib tools, wooden shaper tools and a needle tool to even out the rim.
6. Let the clay cup harden and dry.
8. Dry the clay until it's leather-hard.
10. Remove the paper and carve the pattern into the teacup, using a small wire loop tool to remove the clay by going over the traced lines.
12. Put the teacup under plastic to dry.
13. Once the cup is dry, paint the images with nontoxic underglazes.
14. Bisque-fire the cup in an electric kiln to about 1,800 degrees. Let cool.
16. Wax the bottom of the cup with a sponge brush to prevent the glaze from sticking to the bottom of the cup.
18. Fire the teacup again in the electric kiln to about 2,200 degrees. Let cool.