Bryan Kolstad is currently serving as a marine mechanic in Portland, Maine, and he has been working in the community for many years. He enjoys boating, and being able to maintain the boats of other enthusiasts as well. In addition to his work, he is also an amateur clay sculptor who enjoys working on simple projects. Here are some easy projects to start with.
Create what’s called a pinch pot. These are both pots and bowls that are a great project to start with for beginners. They get their name from the style used to create them, which means the sculptor pinches the clay in order to form the desired shape. They only take a few easy steps to finish, and you can get as creative as you want regarding the outside; add some designs and textures as you get more comfortable.
Candle votives are also a great project for beginners because it really only consists of two steps. First you create the base, and then you create four sides that will ultimately hold the candle. Simply attach them together when you’re finished while the clay is still soft and malleable. These can also become more intricate as you get better with practice.
Coil pots, bowls, or even cups can be other great project for beginners to practice. This involves creating long, somewhat thin rope shaped clay pieces that are then layered in order to create the shape you want. There is an endless amount of final shapes you can create using this method.
Bryan Kolstad enjoys spending time with clay and sculpting projects, and he continues to improve.