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Pottery throwing a Candleholder - How to Make a Pottery Candlestick

Pottery throwing a Candleholder - How to Make a Pottery Candlestick

One of the most popular items to make in pottery is a candlestick, which is not only a practical piece but also adds a touch of elegance and warmth to any space. In this article, we will guide you step-by-step on how to make a pottery candlestick on the wheel.

Before we get started, let’s take a look at the materials you will need. You will need clay, a pottery wheel, water, a needle tool, a rib tool, a sponge, and a trimming tool. You may also want to use a ruler to measure the height and width of your candlestick.


Step 1: Centering the Clay

The first step in making a pottery candlestick on the wheel is to center the clay. This is the most important step, as it sets the foundation for the entire piece. Start by wedging the clay to remove any air pockets, and then place it in the center of the wheel. Use your hands to press down on the clay to make it even and flat. Then, turn on the wheel and gradually increase the speed until the clay is spinning smoothly.


Step 2: Forming the Base

Once the clay is centered, it’s time to form the base of the candlestick. Use your hands to shape the clay into a cylinder, slowly pulling the clay upwards as you go. Keep the walls of the cylinder even in thickness, and use a rib tool to smooth out any bumps or ridges.

Step 3: Making the Neck


After forming the base, it’s time to make the neck of the candlestick. Use your fingers to pinch and shape the clay into a thinner cylinder, gradually narrowing it towards the top. Be careful not to make the neck too thin, as it needs to support the weight of the candle.


Step 4: Creating the Candle Cup

Once the neck is complete, it’s time to create the candle cup. Use your needle tool to carve out a small indentation at the top of the neck, making sure it’s deep enough to hold the candle securely. Then, use your fingers to shape the clay around the indentation, creating a cup-like shape that will hold the candle in place.


Step 5: Trimming the Foot

Once you’re happy with the shape of your candlestick, it’s time to trim the foot. Use a trimming tool to remove any excess clay from the bottom of the candlestick, creating a flat, even base. This will not only make the candlestick more stable but also give it a finished, professional look.


Step 6: Drying and Firing

Now that your candlestick is complete, it’s time to let it dry and fire it in the kiln. This can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size and thickness of your piece. Once it’s dry, you can apply glaze to the candlestick to give it a beautiful, finished look. Finally, fire it in the kiln once again to set the glaze and give it a durable finish.

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