The Ten Golden Rules of Ceramics

It’s funny how things you’ve heard time and again still make sense and are worth being reminded about. This was written for youngsters, but I read it and thought, hey, everyone could use a reminder like this every once in a while…. — Jan


The Ten Golden Rules of Ceramics

  1. Clay must be thoroughly covered up with a plastic bag to keep it from drying out.  This applies to works in progress and moist clay.
  2. Clay dust can be harmful if you are exposed to it for long periods of time, so keep your area clean, clay scraps off the floor and clean with water and a sponge.
  3. Clay can be no thicker then your thumb.
  4. In order for clay to stick together it MUST be scored and slipped together while the clay is moist or leather hard.
  5. Wedge clay to remove air bubbles, achieve uniform consistency, and to line up the particles of clay.
  6. Trapped air can cause clay to explode.  So hollow out sculptural forms and put needle holes from the bottom so air can escape.
  7. Don’t glaze the bottom of a piece.
  8. Always wash the piece before glazing.
  9. Always handle your project with two hands at all times.  In other words BE CAREFUL it’s your hard work. Never lift pots by the rim.

— Joe Cox (Incredible Art Department)


About Jan

I have a background in ceramics, graphic design and journalism.
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