Pottery: how to prepare the clay before sculpting

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For the second part of this pottery tutorial, we will show you how to prepare the clay for sculpting once it is ready

The most important step, is to remove the air bubbles

If they clay still has air bubbles when it is put into the oven, the air will escape causing the sculpture to break

Removing the air bubbles is a simple but lengthy process

First, cut the clay in a triangle shape using a wire.

The idea is to cut the upper part, leaving the lower part in a triangle shape, and then crushing the upper part onto the lower part

Here you can see there are some holes

These are air bubbles inside the clay

By pressing the lower part with the upper part, the air will escape.. like this

If we cut it flat, the air will not escape

This step can be a bit time consuming, but it is important

After cutting a few times without seeing any air bubbles, It is ready !

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