From pinching to slab to extrusion to using coils, there are many different ways to form sculptures using these hand-building methods. Each technique can be used by itself or can be combined when making a pot or any other object.
Pinching is a very common technique and is one of the simplest due to the fact that you only need your thumbs and a few fingers to build the basic design. It is a great way to start because it’s very direct and will allow you to feel how the clay responds. The pinching technique helps you build the clay walls easily and will help you discover a sufficient amount of information about the clay such as how it hold the shape and how moist the edges must be to prevent cracking. You begin with a simple ball of clay, then indenting your thumb in the middle of it, and moving your thumb around it to make the cup shape that you desire. Pinching is a great method to shape something of your own but if you need assistance with the formation, extrusion would then be the best.
A machine called an extruder helps you make a shape by placing a large block of clay through a hollow tube and choosing a nozzle such as angular or rounded and large or small and pressing the clay through the hollow tube, creating the exact shape that the nozzle you choose was. This technique will assist in making the precise mold of clay that you desired and from that all you must do is form the bottom. To be even more creative and make something that is totally original, slab is a fun form of clay.
Slabs can be either pressed through a machine or rolled out with a roller and take seconds to form. They can be used to make rounded objects, sharp-edges, or straight-sided pieces. You can flip and throw clay on a table to make it flat or simply cut slabs off of blocked clay with a wire tool. Slabs can also be embedded with texture or cut on with designs and really helps you create something original. This form of clay making can be used with molds, joining...
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