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Become A Ceramicist In The Making With These Gifts You Can Mold

Work with your hands to kickstart your love of clay and pottery and embrace your creativity in the process.

Maria Bailey and Sarah Burns

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Mastering the art of pottery boils down to one thing: building muscle memory. With pottery, practice truly does make perfect, and more time on the pottery wheel or hand-building with clay means more ways to really develop your craft. For the inspiring ceramicists out there, learning how to form, shape, and mold creations using  your hands is a wonderful place to start — and these craft kits encourage you to do just that.

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Making In The Moment Pottery Wheel

Making In The Moment

Making In The Moment

Before getting behind a full-sized pottery wheel, take the Making In The Moment Pottery Wheel for a spin! You have everything you need to get started on your pottery creations: Two pounds of terracotta clay, 14 sculpting tools, and a variety of different colored paints to add the finishing details to your masterpieces! The creative process is made easy thanks to air-dry clay — and a handy foot pedal that makes turning off your wheel a breeze — so no industrial kiln or oven is required to bring your pieces to life!

Air Dry Clay Activity Kit

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Open the Joy

To get your creative juices flowing, look no further than the Air Dry Clay Activity Kit! Choose from 28 exciting designs — such as animals, cars, and monsters — and 12 tubes of air dry clay in vibrant colors. Easy to follow instructions make for a fun, creative process, and air dry clay saves you the task of firing your pieces in a kiln or baking them in the oven. Just leave your creations out to dry for three days, and your work of art is ready for its grand reveal! Still not sold? Check out this actual review by an actual kid!

Making in the Moment Paint-Your-Own Tea Party Set

Making in the Moment

Making in the Moment

One of the last stages in the pottery process is glazing or painting your pieces! It’s a chance to add a beautiful pop of color to your handiwork and create something that is truly unique. With the Making in the Moment Paint-Your-Own Tea Party Set, you can paint beautiful designs in your favorite colors using paints included in the set, or mix your own hues. A charming tea party set is your canvas, and the rest is left up to your imagination!

Mixy Squish Rainbow Textured Air Dry Clay

Mixy Squish Rainbow Textured Air Dry Clay

Mixy Squish

This isn’t your typical clay; it’s one you never even knew you kneaded! Craft custom squishies, and new softie friends with a mixable, squishable clay that comes in four different textures, and six vibrant colors. Follow the instructions to make complex creations from simple shapes. Leave it out to dry for 24-48 hours, and you’ll have a satisfying squishy toy perfect for frequent fidgeters. 

Klutz Eraser Kits

Kluts Eraser Mini Treats Kits

Klutz

Dress up your desk with a homework-helper pet. Kits include everything you need to create all the critters shown on the box, complete with illustrated instructions, and a size guide to help use only the amount of clay that you need. No special kiln required – pop your creations in the oven and the specially formulated soft, moldable clay magically transforms into a usable eraser of your own design! 

Mad Mattr

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WABA Fun

It’s a modeling compound that’s not quite kinetic sand, not quite clay, but has the best qualities of both. Mold it, shape it, use it to build strong sand castles, or just squish it and let it run through your fingers. There’s so much to say about Mad Mattr – the “play doh” that isn’t “play doh” – that we devoted an entire list just to this one awesome toy.