Sanded Smooth

I don’t think many folks realize that any handmade (or I guess even mass produced) work is generally sanded smooth prior to being sold.

You see, clay shrinks as it dries and gets fired something that quickly can get discouraging when starting to learn building with clay. As the clay shrinks, particles like sand and grog (pre-fired clay that has been ground up) that don’t shrink get revealed causing a roughness in the finished piece.

Check out my quick overview on sanding below! For even more sanding fun, take a look through my past post on the subject here.

I love to use wet/dry sandpaper in a variety of grits for my sanding and prefer to grab a multi-grit pack. The other tool I find useful (although I didn’t need in this demo) is a smoothing stone.

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