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How to Use Open Studio

How to Use Open Studio

OPEN STUDIO

Get stuck into your own projects!

You can use all of our materials when you work in the Open Studio on your own projects! We stock a good variety of midfire clay and we have a great selection of Firebird Studios own glazes. We recommend Mayco stoneware glazes if you would like to bring your own brushing glazes. You just need your own set of tools and a hand towel! We don’t teach you how to do your projects – you should have basic hand buidling or potters wheel tecniques under your belt – however, we have teachers, interns and staff on hand to help with some of the tougher questions!

Plates. Bowls and Platters Four Ways

Plates. Bowls and Platters Four Ways

SLUMP MOULD Slump moulds hold the clay inside the mould. You can use plater moulds, or any kind of found open forms (there are no internal areas larger than the opening) such as plates and bowls from your kitchen, plastic, ceramic or metal is OK.      Roll your clay -...

The Process of Making Pottery

The Process of Making Pottery

There is a rhythm and flow to clay. It can’t be done all at once! Even the making process! It can take weeks to get everything done!

About Clay And How To Handle It

Clay is a special kind of dirt! It has been formed over millennia of grinding up and weathering of regular dirt. Sand has interesting particles that are jagged and not uniform and not organised. Clay has particles that line up and can be organised. Part of the process...