Pottery 101: For when you're bored at home

I always said to myself that if I didn’t do art history I would be doing ceramics, or marine biology. But you can’t order an ocean online. You can, however, order clay, and thanks to the wondrous Amazon, I was able to get about a kilo of DAS clay.

Making pottery is always way more time-consuming than you imagine, especially if you’re a perfectionist. So if you’re looking for a way to pass the time, making pottery is a good choice. It’s very therapeutic which may be helpful if you’re getting overwhelmed by the fake news or general cabin fever. It’s a good skill to have if you ever need to mend broken pots or cups and you get to keep something cute at the end of it!

So let’s get started.


  • Clay. If you don’t have access to a kiln, like most people, make sure you get air-drying clay and the sunshine will do all the work for you. Any colour is fine but I went for white so that I could paint over it.

  • A bowl of water. With this you will make something called slip which acts as the glue to piece clay together.

  • Tools for cutting and shaping. I used a butter knife for cutting, a plastic fork for smushing, a cheese knife which was surprisingly good at scoring the clay with, and palette knives for smoothing.

  • A rolling pin, but I used a glass bottle.