How to Make Ceramic Clay

    by Lane Cummings

    About the Author

    Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."


    According to the website, "Ceramics is the fine art of manipulating clays into hardened shapes." The website goes on to explain these hardened shapes can be aesthetic figures such as sculptures or ornaments or items of utility such as vases, coasters, mugs or bowls. The differences between homemade ceramics clay and homemade play-dough is that while you can sculpt and shape objects out of both, play-dough is more for amusement whereas ceramics clay allows you to create art.

    Things You'll Need

    • Salt
    • Small pot
    • Spoon
    • Cornstarch

    Pour 2/3 cups water and 2 cups salt into a small pot and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat once the water begins to boil.

    Add 1 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water and stir the mixture. It should start to thicken right away. If it doesn't, turn the stove onto a low heat and stir it aggressively in order to encourage it to thicken. Allow it to cool.

    Sprinkle cornstarch on your work surface and place the cooled clay there. It's ready for you to sculpt and mold.

    • You can add a few drops of scented oils such as lavender or vanilla to your mixture when it is boiling to give your finished items a pleasant scent.

    Photo Credits

    • Contours in Clay image by John Sfondilias from