Briefly: Raw clay has a unique look, a very beautiful look, that fired clay does not have.
The touch is also unique.
Photo : Raw clay pot for pencils
Raw materials: Clay
Tools: None.
Optional: a spoon, a hook knife.
Optional: a fresh vegetal mould (such as citrus fruits or melons peelings, …).
Completion time: 1h, or less, or more.


  1. Find a spot where there should be clay, for example the bottom of a ditch in the bottom of a valley.

  2. Scrape the vegetation on the side of the ditch, near the bottom (on the photo, I do it with my boot). If it's very sticky, it's what you're looking for.

  3. Take clay, if needed using flat stones, or a spoon.

  4. Shape a sphere progressively.
    You could also put a layer of clay on a fresh citrus fruit peeling. The pot at the top of the page has been moulded on a clementine peeling, which happily shrank like the clay when drying.

  5. 5 mn later, it's done, you can get out of the ditch … the different colour just comes from the sunset light !

  6. Re-shape it while it dries, if needed. And before it's too dry, dig inside it with a spoon (or with my hands, or with any carving tool).

Advantages Drawbacks
  • Easy and rapid for the basic version.
  • Clay is rather heavy, so the pot is stable.
  • If someone breaks it, you can add water and re-make it.
  • Be careful: don't wash it with flowing water (a little sanding on a cloth is usually enough).

Later, you can decorate your pot !