How to Make Clay Ceramic Cylinders

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How to Make Clay Ceramic Cylinders
Clay cylinders are an easy entry into ceramics. (Contours in Clay image by John Sfondilias from

Clay cylinders are one of the easiest introductions to pottery a ceramic artist can have. Cylinders can be made to hold items or made into candle holders or lanterns. Don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with the uses and look of your cylinder to make a striking accent piece for your coffee table or kitchen.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Clay
  • Newspaper
  • Rolling pin
  • Pottery knife tool
  • Cardboard tubes

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  1. 1

    Wrap the cardboard tubes in newspaper. This will make it easier for you to remove the clay cylinder from the cardboard later.

  2. 2

    Take the rolling pin and some clay and roll the clay into a slab. Try to make an even, rectangular shape that is as tall as the tube and wide enough to wrap around the tube.

  3. 3

    Putting the tube onto the slab, roll the slab over the tube. Cut edges of the slab with the knife tool so that they sit flush and blend them together to close the clay seam around the tube. At this point, you can also carve designs or letters into the clay with a pottery knife.

  4. 4

    Cover the slab and tube with a plastic bag and leave it overnight. The next day, the clay should have stiffened up enough to be taken off the tube without collapsing.

  5. 5

    Carefully pull the tube out of the clay cylinder. Place the clay body in a safe place where it can finish drying for about a week.

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