Decorating Your House with Terra Cotta Pots Decorating Your House with Terra Cotta Pots

What You'll Need
Pottery Kiln

If you want to decorate your house with terra cotta pots, you can learn to make them yourself. Terra cotta pots can be a nice addition to your home. They can be dynamic and beautiful decorations if made correctly. Terra cotta is basically a type of clay pot. The word terra cotta is Italian for “baked earth.” Making terra cotta pots can get a little messy, so be prepared to have a little bit of a clean up after the project.

Step 1 – Get Some Clay

Sometimes it can be hard to find clay. They are usually available at arts and crafts stores. In many cases, you will need to order your clay in advance. Terra cotta clay will probably be more expensive than regular gray clay, but the benefits outweigh the cost. Terra cotta pots allow plants to grow better because the texture of terra cotta helps the pots aerate.

Step 2 – Look Around Your House

Check out your house. See what areas will benefit from the addition of terra cotta pots. Try to imagine what sizes and designs will match that area. This will give you a good idea of how to make your flowerpots. It will also give you an idea of how much clay to order and what  other supplies you need. Think about what will go well with the decor of your house.

Step 3 – Knead the Clay

Get a pretty good chunk of clay in your hand. Essentially, kneading clay is forcing out all of the air bubbles. Pretend you are making a pizza. Squish the clay out like dough. If any air pockets are left in the clay, it will cause weak spots in the terra cotta pots.

Step 4 – Make Some Slip

Grab another chunk of clay. This will need to be mixed with water in a large bowl to make a kind of mortar for your terra cotta pots. It will be used to hold separate parts together. You must keep your mixture constantly wet. If it starts to dry out, you need to add some water.

Step 5 – Make Slabs

First, you will need a rolling pin. Roll out the clay until it is thin (about a ¼-in. thick). You can use a knife to cut out the bottom. Traditionally, slabs should be round. However, you can make them into other shapes if you can get the sides to match it. Cut out a piece for the bottom, and then cut out a piece for the side. The side can be cut in one full piece.

Step 6 – Putting the Slabs together

With a fork, score the connecting edges. Any edge that is going to be connected to another will need scoring. Make lines on the edge with the fork. When you are done scoring the slabs, you can put them together. These scored lines serve as grooves for the slip. Line the bottom with the slip. Press the scored ends together. Let your pots dry. After this, you can fire the pots in a pottery kiln.

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