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Top 5 Pottery and Ceramics Channels on YouTube

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Top 5 Pottery and Ceramics Channels on YouTube

Here are a few of my favourite pottery channels on YouTube. As a self taught potter, the internet has provided a lot of very useful information to help me learn. I also just enjoy watching other potters throw, and probably spend way too much time staring at the screen, mesmerised by spinning clay.   Simon Leach is without doubt my favourite YouTube channel full stop! I suppose his meandering English sensibilities won’t appeal to everyone. In fact if you are after fast, well edited throwing tutorials this is probably not your best option. If you do enjoy a more relaxed...

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What is Stoneware Pottery & Differences to Earthenware and Porcelain

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What is Stoneware Pottery & Differences to Earthenware and Porcelain

So what is stoneware pottery? Pottery can be made from many different types of clay, they are often broadly categorised as earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Earthenware clay matures at a relatively low temperature range from 1060°C to 1154°C. Stoneware clay matures at the middle temperature range from 1140°C to 1280°C . Porcelain matures at the highest temperature range around 1220°C to 1300°C. These are only guide temperature ranges, there are hundreds of different types of clay available to buy for producing ceramics with. They all mature at their own specific temperature. Earthenware is often discarded as an option for potters...

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Selling pottery, photography, and why potters don't like making plates

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Selling pottery, photography, and why potters don't like making plates

This month I decided to conquer my fear of making plates. I have made small side plates in the past without any problem, but never full sized dinner plates. There are a number of reasons many potters don’t like making plates. Firstly they use a large amount of clay, and create lots of scrap clay during the trimming process which needs to be recycled.   They also require being made on batts, which I don’t usually use. Narrower pottery can be lifted straight from the wheel after throwing. I decided to make some plywood batts which are attached to the...

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What total Etsy fees do you really pay as a seller in the UK?

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What total Etsy fees do you really pay as a seller in the UK?

This is not an attempt at Etsy bashing – there is plenty of that going on around the web already. I do really like the site, and have sold most of my pottery through them. Total Etsy fees may have changed since the time of writing. I have just been looking into exactly the total fees I am paying on my sales. All this info is available on the Etsy site, though a little bit of digging is needed. Doing a quick Google search for ‘what are Etsy fees’ will probably return a page like this . A quick scan...

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Bespoke Handmade Pottery for Cafe Restaurant In Sheffield

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Bespoke Handmade Pottery for Cafe Restaurant In Sheffield

I have recently delivered my first bespoke pottery commision to Aston Springs Farm in Sheffield where I work as a Chef for my day job. Having worked as a chef for a number of years I’m all too familiar with the frustrations of breakages of tableware. Often dishes need to be presented in a certain way, and if you don’t have enough pots it slows you down. This is just one of the reasons why chefs are always so angry… During my pottery making I often make little pots to try out new glazes – they represent how a glaze...

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