How to Make a Slab Clay Teapot

By Contributing Writer

You've seen those TV shows where someone make an ash tray in pottery class for their parent or loved one. Usually it looks nothing like an ash tray. With a few basic skills, you can learn how to make much more. Follow these few basic steps to make a slab clay tea pot.

Pound your clay so as to make it pliable yet tough.

Roll it out, utilizing if you have one, a rolling pin or a evenly roung shaft of some kind. Make sure you roll it to, at least, 1/4 inch in thickness. If it is too thin it could crack.

Decide on a pattern. To make a slab clay tea pot in the traditonal sense, your pot will end up being square or rectangular. It will look very new-art.

Come up with a creative way to make your slab pot stand out. For instance, because it is going to be square, is there an object that you can turn it into? Perhaps you want to make it look like a house, or a car, or a man, maybe in a tuxedo, with his hand pointing out (where the water pours) and where his other hand, tucked in his pocket, is the handle.

Cut the clay to the proper and equal lengths for each side.

Mix up some slip by adding water to a bit of clay and stirring. This will act as your glue.