hands on experience with ceramics!

Ceramics are everywhere these days and I had always wanted to get my hands on clay. Something about clay, mud and plaster that always gets me very excited and this ample time has got me down to it. There are so many kinds of techniques and textures, and this makes experimenting with ceramics limitless. Ceramics have always drawn my attention when I have seen them tastefully displayed in shop windows. I was so glad to finally get some hands on experience with clay!

“There is beauty in imperfection and having items that are really handmade,” said the fashion designer Steven Alan.

With all this said, I am going to share my experience learning an online ceramics course from Domestika, by Paula Casella. It was a 4 hour course so I decided to do the whole course on one day. I was going to post a whole video of making the ceramics, however I did not realize how messy my hands would be through the process. Once I molded the products, I then started taking videos on the enameling process to share it with you all.

This is a photo of the final product which serves as a decorative piece. I placed it on my home office desk as piece to store my rings and another to store my flash drives. Above all, it is a constant motivation to keep sharpening the saw.

This is a time lapse video I captured from the enameling and painting process. I have never worked with glaze paints before, so this one was new for me given its free flowing liquid state.

For the most integral part of the course are the basic products needed for it. I am going to list down all the products I bought for my course and where you can buy it from. To start with you are going to need pottery tools, clay, glaze paint, paint brushes, plaster and water. The things you will need to order online are listed below!

These are some other photos in the making of the ceramic molds when I had my hands messy. I needed to leave them setting over night to begin with the painting process. Nearly all of the pieces dried and hardened over night.

This was the final product which I now laid on my office desk and super happy with the result being my first time with ceramics. I am going to be using one of the decorative pieces to store my rings and another to store my flash drives. This was a personal project I always wanted to do and I am so happy I got a chance to do it. The Road Dress Travelled has always been about inspiring people to create personal goals and execute them.

That is all for now, in the meantime, I hope you enjoy the coming weekend and let me know what you think of these ceramics. The next personal project I am working on is mastering the art of sewing. Many of you who follow me on social media know that my husband gifted me a sewing machine on my birthday. I have since then created a couple of garments, but have not yet mastered different types of stitches. That is my next fashion project and I will be sharing lots more about that with you soon!

Lots of Love,

The Road Dress Travelled x