A ceramic lantern is a great project for beginning potters. Learn how to make a lantern with tips from a master potter in this free ceramics video series.
Ceramics are art works made out of clay bodies that harden with the application of heat. Originating in Chinese, Cretan, Greek, Roman, and Mayan cultures, ceramics have a long history that dates back to the third millennium BC. Pottery was used to create food and water jars, decorative bowls, sacred urns and religious idols. Potters most traditionally use their hands, but several tools have been developed to aid in the ceramic making process, including the potter's wheel. Ceramics range from functional vessels to decorative sculptures, and remain both a long-loved craft as well as a fine art.
A great beginners project for learning how to use a potter's wheel is a lantern. In this free ceramics video series, a master potter demonstrates how to make a ceramic lantern. Learn how to prepare clay to prevent air bubbles, learn basic pottery wheel techniques, and see how to give the lantern a unique shape. Then, find out how to add interesting decorations to give the the piece personality. A great gift for family and friends, a ceramic lantern is fun and easy to make.
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