Shiny Black Ceramic Coil Pot

by Eloise
3 Materials
3 Hours
This coil pot is a really fun alternative to a normal plant pot, and it's also a nice easy ceramic project for beginners. Making pots using coils is much easier than throwing on the wheel, and it gives you more flexibility in terms of height and shape.
I created the pot using grey stoneware clay. I started by rolling a slab of clay and then cutting around a yogurt pot to create a circle of clay to form the base of the pot.
Next, I used coils to build the pot up. I opted for coils which were created by a coiling machine, but you could also roll your own for a more rustic look.

I placed the first coil on top of the circular slab I had already created, then blended it to the base on the inside and outside using my finger.

I placed the next coil on top, but only blended this on the inside so that I kept the nice coiled effect on the outside of the pot. For a smoother pot, simply blend the coils on the outside as you go along.

I built the pot up until I was happy with the size, and then it was ready for firing.
I glazed the inside of the pot using Botz Bluegrey Stoneware Glaze, and the outside using Botz Shiny Black Stoneware Glaze. I really like the contrast this created between the inside and outside of the pot.
The pot has a really nice shiny exterior finish, with a pretty blue inside.

The clay shows through slightly in some spots where I didn't make the glaze thick enough, so it's important to take care to apply several layers all over.
I used the finished pot to hold a pretty shrub which I think looks really nice next to the shiny black finish. Since it's fairly small, this pot is ideal for indoor apartment plants. You could even make several coil pots like this and use them to create a little indoor herb garden.
Resources for this project:
AMACO 45083X High Fire Moist Stoneware Clay, 46 Buff, Similar to Stoneware clay, gray
Botz Bluegrey Stoneware Glaze
Botz Shiny Black Stoneware Glaze
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