You have come into class every night and worked at the Potter's Wheel, and perfected the shape and smoothness of your piece of art.
In just a short while, your pottery will be completed and you can take it home and show it off to your family and friends.
Then you can start again on something new, and push yourself to create something even better! But what happens if your pottery is placed in a firing temperature that does not fit? Then your terrific piece of art will come out looking different than you had imagined it.
There are many reasons why even the beginner art student should know the basics of the entire pottery process, in order to guarantee that the work comes out as intended instead of letting things run amok.
When you are taking your first art class, it is a very exciting time! You get to create something from scratch - something that represents you and how you feel.
It is a very fun, exciting experience.
But it is also good to know what goes into creating the final product - such as knowing the right temperature to place your pottery so that it comes out as a stunning work of art, instead of possibly flawed and misshapen.
Getting to know the basic knowledge of what happens after you have finished your piece is just as important as learning how to use pottery tools.
Knowing the difference between cone 06 glazes and cone 10 glazes will help in the future.
These are temperatures that will affect how your pottery looks when all is said and done.
It could be the difference between a nice, smooth finish or a lumpy finish that does not resemble what you had originally planned.
When you are done learning the particulars about firings, there is even more to learn about the artistic side.
There are different finishes that you can choose from that will add a little extra to your pottery.
Dipping glazes can really add some beauty to any work.
You can underglaze your work with many different colors to really make it shine.
You can also take advantage of pencils and chalk crayons to give distinct outlines and shading.