Pottery is made by forming a clay body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln which removes all the water from the clay, which induces reactions that lead to permanent changes including increasing their strength and hardening and setting their shape. A clay body can be decorated before or after firing. Prior to some shaping processes, clay must be prepared. Kneading helps to ensure an even moisture content throughout the body. Air trapped within the clay body needs to be removed. This is called de-airing and can be accomplished by a machine called a vacuum pug or manually by wedging. Wedging can also help produce an even moisture content. Once a clay body has been kneaded and de-aired or wedged, it is shaped by a variety of techniques. After shaping it is dried and then fired. Making things with your hands can be incredibly fulfilling. It can really bring out your creativity, and teach you things about yourself. Often, the best hands-on hobbies to get involved in are those that are related to some of your other hobbies or interests. In the case of those who collect figurines and other ceramics, signing up for pottery making classes can be a great idea. There are some tips to pottery making: 1. Go to pottery making classes. Everyone has to learn somehow. Although it can be comforting to learn on your own it will be much more fun with others. In addition your skills will improve much quicker. 2. Don't be put off by the terminology. Pottery making uses some strange and quirky terms. It wont be long before you know green ware from biscuit ware. 3. Be prepared to get dirty - you can tell a potter by his hands and shoes. Even with an apron it is impossible to stay clean when making pottery. Your hands and shoes will get dirty. Treat it as part of the fun so dress appropriately. 4. Enjoy the experience - even if it goes wrong. It goes wrong for everyone including the experts so don't be afraid to experiment. Remember that your designs are unique and you have the chance to express your own creativity. 5. Read some simple pottery making books. Lots of pottery books are available so choose books with simple descriptions and pictures to get you started. Books, however, are no substitute for classes but they should reinforce your learning. 6. Ask questions. Asking questions aids memory so you learn quicker. Don't be embarrassed to ask even the most simple of questions. Remember you are probably only saying what many others are thinking. 7. Practise then practise some more. This probably should be my number 1 tip on the list. As with most things in life, the more you practise the more skilled you become and the more enjoyable will be the experience. So what are you waiting? More information and other technical articles on pottery and ceramics can be found at our app, Discovering stunning design of POTTERY MAKING IDEAS here. There are many stunning ideasof pottery making. You can easily find and download our app for the best experience.