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I want to start making ceramic dishes (plates, bowls, mugs, etc) as well as clay cooking pots and pans and different figurines and things of that nature. I'm googling and searching YT videos but there's a ton of different info and I'm not sure what to go with.

What tools do I need as a beginner handbuilder for sculpting and finishing/glazing? What type of clay for what I'm wanting to do? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!

I'm wanting to sell my pieces on Etsy.

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Call me old fashioned, but I would start by getting myself a book at the library or to own.  There are lots of books called things like Clay Studio Handbook. 

There are also books of hand-building projects for beginners.

These all begin with images of the tools you need to start.  You probably did something with clay sometime at school or camp or something in which you used the most bare-bones of supplies- clay, a surface to work on, a rolling pin,  and maybe some things to press in to achieve texture.  You probably started by shaping things with your hands, that most essential of tools other than the clay.

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Keep watching Youtube videos. Ceramics can be as complicated as you want to make it, but you can only simplify it so much. Lists of tools and such can be found on the web easily. All the steps involved with working with clay for the first time can be found there as well but you might have to comb through some stuff, however all those essentials: don't make your walls over 1/2" thick (usually), always make sure it's bone dry before firing, slip deco should really be applied to leather hard clay, -and hundreds of other basic facts you'd be wise to learn; are best learned in a (good) class, but if you're broke like me keep at the Youtube, I've learned a ton that way. The library if you have a decent one around, is good also and you'll pick up yet more info. I admit the classes I've taken were not the best, they actually turned me off to ceramics for a long time. I was simply unlucky enough to attend a lousy institution that had lousy classes, most are not like that. 

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:oyappy!   half an inch thick walls would be for sculpture with some weight!   and months of drying in some areas.  it is really hard to use specific measurements on a forum where readers are all over the spectrum of experience.   

 

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Your clay and glazes depend on what kind of firing you plan to do.  Functional pottery is the most research invested type of clay work.   You have to  understand glazes that will be  dinnerware  safe  and vitrified clay.  If I was selling functional pottery I would get some insurance to protect myself against lawsuits.   Denice

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Step one - get a bag of clay and get a student toolkit that’s already packaged for you. 

Instead of reading or watching videos just play with the clay. Treat it like play dough and just have a go at it. 

Then get a good book. A clay textbook. There are many many out there. Check out your local library.  Then focus on what the book does. Follow the project order from the books but go on YouTube to check out how.  

Forget about glazes and firing.  

First just get a feel for the clay and learn how it behaves.  That is the most important knowledge any ceramicists need to have.  Know your materials.  

If you have never ever worked with clay it can appear very daunting.  

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What you're wanting to do is not learned on YouTube. Take classes like Neil said; an expert will teach you more in a few hours  than you will learn from YouTube in days. Too many unspoken "rules" and info which isn't shown in a 2 min video. Reading is good, but for the technical info regarding utilitarian pottery you're gonna need more than just book time. I'd simplify your goals to maybe just making some pinch/coil pots that teach you some basics. 

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