How to Make a Pot Like Grayson Perry | Tate


Follow our step-by-step guide to building a coil pot with ceramicist Freya Bramble-Carter. For further tips and details about this activity, visit our website at https://bit.ly/34Sa5Gc. Please note, filming took place before the UK’s lockdown measures were introduced.

The whole process can take up to a couple of weeks, depending on the speed in which you wish to work and drying times, and is suitable for anyone who is new to pottery.  

You will need:
– a metal kidney palette (or a plastic card for the smooth edge and a fine, plastic hair comb for the serrated edge)
– a potter’s knife
– mark making tools (tweezers, chopsticks, a fork and kitchen knife work well for decor work)
– a toothbrush
– some paintbrushes
– a selection of letter stamps
– a turntable
– some water
– a cheese wire (or thread /string strong enough to slice through clay)
– a cloth or tea towel
– a rolling pin and measuring guides
– earthenware or stoneware clay
– a sponge
– a pencil and paper
– sandpaper
– scissors
– soluble wax (or masking tape)
– transparent glaze
– a selection of coloured slips, oxides and underglazes

All of the materials are available mostly online or at your local art supply shop. You will also need access to a pottery kiln. You can often find these at art colleges or other community groups.

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