Our Favorite Valentine’s Day Pottery Ideas
Holiday pottery projects are one of our favorites here at DiamondCore® Tools! We love seeing your creativity come to light with the themes of the holiday season. Valentine’s Day is no different, as we see how you create Valentine’s Day pottery and ceramic designs that reflect your own pottery style.
If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for Valentine’s Day, we’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of Valentine’s pottery ideas for you to try this year.
Ceramic Heart Bowls and Mugs
When you think of Valentine’s Day, one of the first things that come to mind is probably pink and red hearts. Whether they’re paper, confetti or made of clay, a small heart can add to the love and magic of the holiday.
Ceramic hearts can be made in all shapes and sizes. Some of our favorites are heart-shaped plates and bowls that can be used to hold trinkets or jewelry that you’ve been given as gifts.
To start creating your ceramic heart, you can use DiamondCore® wood ribs to help you direct and smooth the curves of the heart as you work the clay on the wheel. With the three rib sizes to choose from, you can create whatever size heart you want!
Take a look at this article from Ceramic Info Spot on how to create a heart-shaped ceramic bowl or mug!
Sweet and Lovely Valentine’s Day Quotes
We’ve all seen the small candy hearts with cute or sassy sayings. These candies have been gifted to us since we were youngsters bringing our small Valentines to school. Today, we still appreciate those sayings but on a larger scale. Sayings of love and admiration can be a superior gift for your sweetie this holiday.
Adding sayings to your pottery pieces is all about having the right carving tools to allow you to cleanly etch the letters you want. Our DiamondCore® Tools carving tool blade selector can help you to choose the right carving tool for your Valentine’s Day projects. Whether you need a square tip, U tip, V tip, fine-point or fluting tip, we have you covered with high-quality carving tools to get the job done right.
Some of our favorite sayings or loving words you can add to your pottery this year are “you shine like a diamond”, “seize the clay” and “totally kiln it.” If you’re making a Valentine’s Day ceramic piece for another pottery artist, you can bet they’ll love and appreciate some of the above sayings!
Adorable Pottery Carvings
You don’t have to turn an entire piece of clay into a heart to make it Valentine’s Day themed. Carve small hearts for you and your significant other’s initials on a mug or vase for an adorable Valentine’s Day gift for someone you love. These small details will take your pottery to the next level while also celebrating the holiday.
At DiamondCore® Tools, we designed fine point carving tools specifically for small details that artists want to add to clay.
If your pottery style is minimalistic or you’re working on designs that need special attention to detail, our fine-point carving tools are must-haves in your collection.
Valentine’s Day Sgraffito Designs
Sgraffito designs are popular year-round, which doesn’t change regarding Valentine’s Day pottery designs. Sgraffito carving can be the perfect way to add a new twist to the ceramic pieces you traditionally create.
You can better understand how to make graffiti pottery here to create a design that fits the holiday spirit! Having the right tools in your collection is also important when creating Valentine’s Day sgraffito designs.
At DiamondCore® Tools, we’ve created sgraffito tools that can be used at various angles to scratch away slip on leather hard pieces. These pottery tools can help you to create those small details without ever dulling, keeping your designs clean and crisp.
Pink and Red Glaze
If you’re unsure what color glaze to choose for your Valentine’s Day pottery projects, try red and pink! These colors are obviously classic Valentine’s Day staples. Even a plain vase can fit the holiday vibe with a bit of red glaze!
If you’re using different colors on your pieces, ensure that they fire at the same temperature and are compatible with each other. If you don’t, it can cause blistering, crawling, and flaking, making your pottery project a flop and unsellable (if your goal is to sell).
Take a look at our Fire It Up Series: Glazing Techniques to learn more about finding the right glaze technique for your Valentine’s Day project!
If you have any questions about choosing the right pottery trimming tools for your next project, we’re here to help! Leave a comment here on the blog, or get in touch with our team on social media. We’re on Facebook and Instagram and can’t wait to help!