Tips for Working with Clay - Clay can be a messy medium. Roll up your sleeves and don’t worry about getting clay on your fingers and nails. You can clean up at the very end. Don’t wash hands every 5 minutes or you will only waste time. - When adding one piece of clay to another, score, or rough up both pieces where they will attach to one another using a tool. Next, add slip or water and smooth using a finger or tool. You should not see the seam where both pieces of clay come together when you are finished. - If you make the walls of your vase, bowl, or plate too thin then the clay will crack and break. - Try to make all the parts or walls of your piece the same thickness so that it will dry evenly. - If you are making something that is wide and big make sure that it is hollow. Perhaps make it from an inverted, or upside down, pinch pot. - When finished with a project place it in a bag or a cool room so that it drys slowly and does not crack. - Do not make appendages too small or thin otherwise they will break easily. - Work on a piece of cloth so that your clay does not stick to the table.