Terracotta pots – Tips for my garden

clay pot

Clay pots have a very ancient origin, it is believed that they were forged already in ancient Greece. First of all, it is important to specify that in its natural state it is not possible to make a clay vase, in fact the latter must be worked and undergo some transformations. The first phase to apply is the seasoning, that is, it must be cleaned of all impurities. Then we move on to washing, that is, washing with water, this procedure is useful because it helps the clay to melt. The last phase to go through is the purification, which eliminates all the remaining impurities, managing to eliminate even the smallest particles. After having done all this, you will be able to work the clay and by means of appropriate techniques you will have the construction of a vase.

Different types of modeling

The oldest technique for working a clay pot is freehand modeling. Surely you know this technique which was used in one of the most watched films of the last twenty years, Ghost. The technique is very simple, you take a portion of clay and, trying not to harden it, with the sole use of your hands, you create the desired vase. In this technique, you can also use tools called sticks, which only serve to finish the vase. Another type of modeling is the dovecote, which involves mounting clay pigeons. The technique consists of taking several blocks of clay and spreading them with the hands so that they meet in front of long narrow tubes, a bit like breadsticks, after which they are rolled on top of each other to obtain a compact surface. Another type of technique used in modeling is the slab, in practice you have to pretend to cut slices of bread of the same thickness. Naturally, the clay should be in the shape of an elongated loaf, after that, take all the “slices” and join them to get a smooth, geometrically perfect surface. All the previous modeling has allowed us to build many clay objects, but we are interested in knowing precisely how the clay pots are worked, so that they can be placed in the garden. Then we come to the modelling, first of all when we put the dough on the turntable, we have to make sure to have a certain symmetry. The lathe is just this tool, which is a table with a rotating base, its speed is established by a pedal with which you decide which gear to take. The mass of clay must be placed in the center of the base and when you start modeling it with your hands you must take into account that you can no longer add clay, so you will have to create the vase with only the gift clay. on the turn The last type of modeling that we are going to see is the mold model, which is very simple, because you are going to buy a plaster mold of the object you want to reproduce and you put the clay inside in liquid form and wait to dry indoors. . Then you will have to unmold it and finish modeling it according to your fantasies. The mass of clay must be placed in the center of the base and when you start modeling it with your hands you must take into account that you can no longer add clay, so you will have to create the vase with only the gift clay. on the turn The last type of modeling that we are going to see is the mold model, which is very simple, because you are going to buy a plaster mold of the object you want to reproduce and you put the clay inside in liquid form and wait to dry indoors. . Then you will have to unmold it and finish modeling it according to your fantasies. The mass of clay must be placed in the center of the base and when you start modeling it with your hands you must take into account that you can no longer add clay, so you will have to create the vase with only the gift clay. on the turn The last type of modeling that we are going to see is the mold model, which is very simple, because you are going to buy a plaster mold of the object you want to reproduce and you put the clay inside in liquid form and wait to dry indoors. . Then you will have to unmold it and finish modeling it according to your fantasies. because you are going to buy a plaster mold of the object you want to reproduce and you put the clay inside in liquid form and wait for it to dry inside. Then you will have to unmold it and finish modeling it according to your fantasies. because you are going to buy a plaster mold of the object you want to reproduce and you put the clay inside in liquid form and wait for it to dry inside. Then you will have to unmold it and finish modeling it according to your fantasies.

Drying

In the previous paragraph we talked about drying, so we will see what this particular technique consists of. Indeed, whatever the type of modeling carried out, the clay must always be dry, for that it is enough to put it in the open air and in a few days it will dry completely. You have surely guessed that this technique requires special care, because without proper drying, your vase will have a short lifespan. In fact, if you perform the drying technique excellently, the duration of the vase will be extended considerably and, therefore, it will facilitate your pockets, which will surely feel better. The defect that a badly dried vase can face is that it deforms in a short time, or even breaks. So only after going through this phase,

Let’s write this last chapter starting from the end of the previous one, in fact we were starting to talk about the cooking phase. In fact, a real clay pot is fired after processing at about a thousand degrees, and for this a very powerful oven is needed. He thinks it is not enough to put it inside for a few seconds, but sometimes this operation also takes many hours. Of course, the time varies depending on the size of the pot, because the larger the size, the more the cooking will be, whereas with smaller pots an hour will suffice. Don’t worry if you see your object smaller than the one you put in the oven, because cooking causes the clay to flake off.

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