How Long Does It Take to Dry Mexican Red Clay Pottery?

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How long it takes to dry Mexican red clay pottery depends largely on a few key things. Find out about how long it takes to dry Mexican red clay pottery with help from a ceramic artist and instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Beth Fleischer, and today we're going to talk about Mexican red clay pottery. Mexican red pottery is a type of clay that you can get at your local craft store. This particular type of clay does not get fired in a kiln and it doesn't need to go in the oven to bake. It's considered an air dry clay. So it's very pliable and you shape it just like you would any other modeling clay. Once you're finished with it and you want your piece to harden you can either set it outside in the sun to dry or just leave it out. If you set it outside it maybe dry in about twelve hours. If your indoors it may take up to twenty four hours for it to completely dry. After your piece is dry you can then paint it with acrylic paints or any kind of paints you want to use. Just keep in mind that whatever you do make from your Mexican red clay is not for functional things. You wouldn't want to eat off of it or drink out of it because the paints would come off. It's not the same as glazed pottery that was fired in a kiln. It's not waterproof either. I'm Beth Fleischer. Thank you for watching.


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