When we are looking to better our pottery, there is always that one tip, that one specific tip that will help us improve. But what is it, and how can it impact our learning and mastering of pottery?
It’s actually much simpler than you think.
When learning pottery, you always have that one little part, that one element that can change the game forever. Here, we’ll talk about the 1 tip to improve your pottery that can change it drastically.
The One Tip
So what is the one tip that will improve your pottery, no matter at what skill level you might be at? It’s so simple that anyone can jump on it.
Are you ready?
Do you want to know what it is?
It’s simple, and that is to practice every single day!
Of course, that sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s the one tip that will change your pottery, and that’s because of the following:
When you practice, you learn to get better
The mistakes don’t seem as big when you do it every day
It’s fun and relaxing
Every time you practice, reading up on new techniques, you will get better
Yes, the one tip is to practice every single day, and you might wonder why that’s so important. I’m going to tell you why that is in the next couple of sections.
It’s that Simple?
You’re probably reading this and wondering why it’s so simple. It’s simple because let’s be honest, people don’t practice every single day.
It’s not as simple as you think.
That’s because usually, you do the following when encouraged to do it every single day:
Don’t have time to do it
Tend to do other things rather than work on improving the craft
But, here’s the thing about improving your pottery, you don’t have to manually practice this on a wheel or get messy for hours on end.
The truth of it is if you work on this for 15 minutes every single day, then you’re going to get better. Yes, you don’t need to spend all day with this, but rather just a little bit of time!
Why is that? Well, that’s because it allows for the following to happen:
You’re not getting burnt out on it
You’ll learn new skills
You’ll be refreshed
It’s some good personal time and a good way to get pottery experience
So if you’re wondering if it really is that simple, if you’ll really get the results fast, the answer to that, is, of course, an absolute yes. You can get some amazing pottery results with just a little bit of hard work, and some dedication.
How to Use This Tip
So how do you use this one simple tip in your everyday life to better yourself and learn pottery faster? Well, here are a few ways you can work with this:
Start a mini project working on it each day
If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, then read and learn about it
If you have a piece started, get it wet and sit at the pottery wheel, working on this for a bit
If you’re shaping it with hand-shaping techniques, do a part of it every single day
The cool thing about pottery is that you can do this in spurts, and unless it’s fired or totally hardened, you can always come back to this.
You also can break up a project into schedules, and you can do this every single day by following this procedure:
First day choose a project
Second day start shaping
Continue for consecutive days till it’s shaped
Fourth day, let it bisque fire
Fifth day, let it glaze
Sixth day, fire again
Add any extra days to decorating pottery
If you really like mastering one skill, you can work with this on multiple projects. Yes, it’s this easy!
If you don’t feel like getting your hands dirty as well, you can also apply this to reading some valuable material online, including the following:
Blog posts that can tell you valuable info
Any books that can help
Any forum posts
If anything, practice any one of these skills, for it will help.
How Soon Can I see the Results?
You can see the results right away, and by using this tip, you’ll get drastically better at pottery.
Why is that? Well usually with pottery, the following happens:
If you’re not practicing daily, you fall out of practice
You tend to make more mistakes causing you to think you need to get it right the first time
You’re prone to get more frustrated if you don’t work on your pieces frequently
When learning a new skill, you have to be willing to well, learn the skill! If you’re not, it’s only going to set you up for failure.
Some people think that in order to learn a pottery skill you must sit at a pottery wheel for hours every single day, but it doesn’t have to be like that! In fact, if you just do this a little bit, it can ultimately go a long way in terms of how many results you get from this.
So don’t be afraid to learn, to master pottery, and if needed, always get some help on skills you feel you want to get better with. Don’t be afraid to branch out and learn new techniques, for it can majorly help you.
This is the one singular tip that I will say can drastically change your pottery, and if you’re not doing this already, then start practicing. There are so many resources out there, and learning and mastering this technique by practicing every day will make you a potter.
You will see results and differences fast, and while this might seem trite, it’s often the reason why you’re not as successful as you should be.