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Ceramic Pumpkin Pots are fun to make around Halloween to use for anything from a candy dish to a hidden surprise.

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Step 1: Supplies

The Pumpkin pot in my InStRuCtAbLe is ceramic, however, if you don't have access to a kiln the directions can be adapted for air dry clay.

Clay, slip, underglaze, glaze, kiln

Step 2: Making the Pot

Break off a chunk of clay the size of a grapefruit.

Using the pinch pot technique of hand building form the pot.

Step 3: Lid

Another piece of clay the size of a large lemon needs to be rolled in a ball and then pressed out to the size of the perimeter of the pot. Use the palm of your hand and try to keep the same thickness of clay all around. Once the size is correct lay the lid next to the pot, not on top, otherwise it will cave in!.

Step 4: Making the Pumpkin Stem

roll a piece of clay to form the stem, I put score marks in mine and then twisted the clay.

cut a straight bottom to attach to lid.

Score the clay and cover with slip before placing on center of lid.

Step 5: Painting and Decorating

As I said my PUMPKIN POT is ceramic so I painted inside and outside of my pot and lid with underglaze and then glazed and fired my pieces. If using air dry clay just paint with acrylic or any type of paint you prefer and spray with a fixative.

Step 6:

Halloween Decor Contest 2015

Participated in the
Halloween Decor Contest 2015

Pumpkin Challenge

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Pumpkin Challenge



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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Adorable! I was wondering what paint you would prefer to use and where to get it, thanks and may you have a long and prosperous instructables journey! ~Momoluv

    1 reply
    Susan Ciriglianomomoluv

    Reply 3 years ago

    If you are using air dry clay I would suggest a bright orange acrylic [ maybe Golden brand] and after drying paint or spray a glossy polyurethane ... Glad you like my Pumpkin Pot