how to cure a clay pot

how to cure a clay pot

Curing a Clay Pot

Curing a clay pot is an easy but essential step in ensuring your pottery item will last many years. Curing can prevent cracking or warping of the item once it has been fired in a kiln. Here are the simple steps to cure your clay pot:

Materials Needed

  • Wet Clay Pot
  • Flowerpot with Drainage Hole
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic Bag


  • Place Clay Pot In Flowerpot – Place the wet clay pot in the flowerpot and make sure it’s centered.
  • Line The Flowerpot With Newspaper – Line the flowerpot with newspaper or a sheet of plastic to ensure proper drainage of the clay pot.
  • Put in a Plastic Bag – Place the entire flowerpot in a large plastic bag and seal it tightly.
  • Cure for Several Weeks – Let the clay pot cure for several weeks (around 6) before handling it.


  • Curing is an essential step if you plan to fire your clay pot in a kiln.
  • Be sure to store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or humidity.
  • If the clay pot is very wet, allow it to air dry before placing it in the flowerpot and plastic bag.

Curing a clay pot is the essential first step in making sure your pottery item will last. Following the steps above will ensure your clay pot will be ready to fire safely and confidently.