Intro: Ceramic Coffee Dripper
Make a custom coffee dripper for your morning meals or afternoon breaks.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
In addition to your spinning wheel, you'll need: clay, a small bucket of water, cut-off wire, scrapper, and a fettling knife.
Make sure these are all within arms length from your spinning wheel.
Step 2: Prepare Your Wheel and Clay
Make sure that your wheel is clean by using your scrapper to remove any excess clay or materials from previous projects.
Take your clay and form it into a nice round shape making sure any air bubbles are removed.
Turn on your wheel and get it spinning at a comfortable speed, then throw your clay down in the center of the wheel!
You'll want your hands to be wet while working with the clay. Wet your hands using the water you have in the small bucket, and drip some water onto the clay as well. Continue to wet your hands and clay as needed.
Step 3: Center Your Clay
While your wheel is spinning, wrap your hands around the clay and push towards the center of your wheel.
Control your clay! If your hands move from right to left, your clay is not centered yet. Keep pushing your clay towards the center of your wheel until you have a symmetric form about 4 inches wide.
Step 4: Open the Clay
Use either your thumb or middle finger (whichever you're comfortable with) to press into the center of your clay.
Step 5: Thin and Raise Your Clay
This is where you make the height of your coffee dripper.
Starting from the center, gently push out on the walls of your clay.
Once you've gotten your width set, start raising your clay.
To raise your clay, you start from the bottom and slowly work your way up. Gently squeeze on the inside and outside of the walls, using the middle fingers of your two hands, or the thumb and index finger of one hand.
Do this as many times as you need to get your clay to 4.5 inches high.
Step 6: Shape Your Clay
About 3/4 inch from the base, gently pinch your clay using the middle fingers of your right and left hand. One from above, one from below. A lip will begin to form. Continue pinching as you form a larger and larger lip. Stop when your lip is about 4 inches wide.
Then, gently (always starting from below and working your way up) pull out on your clay to form the cone shape of your filter.
Nice! You're almost finished!
Step 7: Remove Your Base
You'll use your fettling knife to remove the bottom of you clay.
Slow down your wheel but make sure it's still at a constant speed.
Hold your fettling knife steady and while your wheel is still spinning gently push through your clay (about 1/2 inch from the base) until you can feel or see the knife through the clay.
Gently, pick up your filter and your 1/2 inch base should be left on the wheel.
Step 8: Glaze and Fire Your Pieces!
You have finished! Send your piece off to get glazed and fired!
Step 9: Enjoy!
Well done! Sit back and enjoy a good cup of joe! You could even make some tea, if you prefer.