Texture the surface with anything. Start easy in potting
Make space Set no boundaries Find your level The more you work the better you get Declutter Simplify
Make a choice to let people help you Find knowledgeable people to share their knowledge with you Read a lot Use the internet for info
I recommend Ceramics Arts Network Plenty of free info here
How can I pot? I don t know anything. Everything starts with thinking reflecting. Making choices. Write them down and visit often
Start simple. Look on the internet, read books, look at images. Choose some simple shapes that are easy to make. I suggest one piece plates, platters. No need to copy, you make your own shapes and your own marks even when you think you might be copying. It’s like handwriting your handwriting is always yours.
Buy a block of general purpose clay it can have some grog in it but not a lot let the shop advise you.
In clay you can make your own tools or buy them. A fishing line with a big button at each end. Best first tool It cuts your clay. Cut a piece of clay off the bag of clay. Put it on a canvas covered board. Start to roll it out. This will be your first platter. Think about applying texture with anything handy.
Decoration: that is easiest underglaze plus clear glaze all available already made up at any pottery shop. Paint on the underglaze. Wait for it to dry. Paint on Cesco clear glaze.
Next step is firing. Find a friendly potter who will fire a small number of pots for you. They respond best if you help them with potting jobs Or you might join a potting club that fires members works or you might buy a second hand electric kiln Jump in the deep end. The water is great. Large flat platter. I metre wide. Made from one bag of clay with a slab roller. Now sold Walkers red earthenware school mix, commercial underglaze, walkers clear glaze, Cesco brush on glaze
Great basic book
Maybe out of print so try second hand book shops. It is my bible and I still use it today
Pottery for children and other beginners Connie Hoedt - Recently deceased Vale Connie we will miss you Publisher: Methuen ISBN 0 454008 473
New discovery Mar 19 2019 I make a lot of slip cast pottery I use rubber bands to hold the molds together. I get some persistent leakage from some of the molds. The leaks occurr in small stretches of the joins between some pieces of the mold. This is a waste and makes a lot of mess. I have found a solution. After I put the mold together I paint the outside joints with slip WHERE THE LEAKS ARE. This seals the leaking joint and stops leaks. In time you will locate the places where the leaks are. This makes pouring slip easier and neater. It reduces leaking to almost nil in slip moulds.
Simple Platter made from one bag of clay on a slab roller. Impressed decoration Cesco earthen ware glazes
Platter on exhibition at craft ACT. SOLD
Ceramics Arts Network has a freebie titled Pottery 101. It is a highly recommended resource for beginners. Download it from the internet