Clay pottery has been used since the 18th century. It is used for both cooking as well as decorative purposes. Clay pottery is prepared by making a vessel and then baking it to make an earthen pot. Very few people are aware of the fact that pottery has to be cured before use. The process of curing your pottery will ensure that the pot is not going to leak or weep while cooking. The basic concept of curing is that the inner surface of pottery must be sealed before use. In this article, we are going to discuss the process of curing clay pottery.
Simple steps for curing your clay pottery
Many people are unsure of the process of curing clay pottery and they tend to buy unnecessary tools or equipments for the purpose. We are going to describe the process of curing your pottery without any of these.
Use Water: The first step of the process is to submerge your clay pottery into water for at least an hour. If you feel it difficult to submerge your pottery, you need to place it in a sink bowl and add water to the pot until it stops water absorption. Generally it takes up to 30 minutes for complete absorption of water by the bowl. Remove any extra water from the bowl and dry it for nearly five minutes.
Apply Olive Oil: Olive oil is an important ingredient in many food items. It is also used in curing your pottery by spreading the olive oil over the base and inner walls of your clay pot. Make sure that the oil is evenly spread and the whole portion is covered with a layer of olive oil. Use your hands to rub olive oil into the bowl.
Heat Your Pottery: The last step of curing your clay pot is to heat it in oven. You need to place the pot in the oven while its walls are still wet with the olive oil. Set your oven at a temperature of 350 ̊ F and heat it for nearly 45 minutes. A vacuum effect is created because of the evaporation of moisture and the oil is pulled into the clay surface. It leads to glazing and sealing the inner portion of the pottery. Allow the pottery to cool down normally before use.
There are numerous benefits of curing your clay pottery. Curing makes the pottery less susceptible to any kind of thermal shock and gives a smooth taste if the piece is used for cooking. Make sure to handle the finished product with care. If you need to wash the pottery, wash it by hand.