How to Cut Clay Pots in Half

Updated February 21, 2017

Some gardening and landscaping projects require clay pots that are cut in half. Clay pots are made of terracotta, a brittle material that cracks easily, so special technique is required. Cut clay pots by hand with a saw or with an electric tile saw, which you can rent. If you're unfamiliar with using power tools, cutting the pots by hand may be easier.

Mark a pencil line on the clay pot that divides the pot in half vertically. Keep the line straight by using a flexible ruler to guide your pencil.

When using an electric tile saw, fill the saw's water tank before beginning. Slowly guide the pot into the saw's blade, following the line on the pot. Cut completely through the pot.

If cutting the tile by hand, submerge the pot in the bucket of water. Slowly cut along the line on the pot using the hacksaw. Do not press too hard into the pot and grind down the teeth on the hacksaw blade. Continue sawing until the pot has been completely cut in half.


Water is essential to ensure a smooth cut on your clay pot. It keeps the surfaces of the pot and the blade cool while cutting.


Always use safety goggles when using a saw.

Things You'll Need

  • Clay pots
  • Pencil
  • Flexible ruler
  • Water-cooled tile saw
  • Hacksaw with a fine-toothed blade
  • Large bucket of water
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