DIY Italian Pottery

I love pottery. I collect vintage California pottery and brought back a couple amazing pieces from Mexico where Rob & I honeymooned. In Arizona, we have California pottery aplenty.

A couple of years ago I discovered Italian pottery at an antique store in California. I bought a lovely little vase; glazed in olive green and turquoise with a stamped floral pattern.

My little vase is a piece of Italian pottery that was imported to the states by the German company Rosenthal Netter. Many of the pieces were designed by Aldo Londi, who also designed for Bitossi, an Italian pottery company famous for their elaborate textures and Rimini Blue glaze.

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While a search for “Italian Pottery” or “Bitossi Pottery” on Etsy or eBay will return lots of results,; it tends to be quite spendy. So, while I wait for the Pottery Gods to bless me with a few affordable pieces of Italian pottery, I thought it would be fun to try and make a few vases of my own.

For this project you’ll need fine grit sandpaper, a glass vase, oven-bake clay (I like Sculpey), a rolling pin, acrylic paint, paintbrushes, high gloss clear acrylic sealer and stamps, clay tools or household items to create different textures on your vase.

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1. Sand your vase lightly and wipe clean.
2. Knead your polymer clay until soft.
3. On a smooth surface, roll clay out into thin sheets. I’d recommend rolling out smaller pieces and applying them individually.
4. Apply clay to vase in 2-3 small sections.
5. Blend joined edges using a light touch or a clay tool.
6. Using clay tools, stamps or household items you’ve collected, add desired textures to create your design.
7. Bake for 20 minutes at 375°, or according to package instructions.
8. Cool in oven.
9. Apply paint (I used these in Cayman Blue, Cerulean Blue & Fresh Foliage).
10. Seal your piece and give it a glossy finish by spraying 1-3 coats of high gloss clear acrylic sealer. Be sure to let it dry between coats.

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I had a lot of fun working on this project. I actually picked up a few more inexpensive glass vases so that I could make a couple more! The best part is you can choose to use traditional colors or select paint colors that will coordinate with your decor.

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Need some inspiration? Head over and check out my I <3 Italian Pottery board on Pinterest.

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4 Responses to “DIY Italian Pottery”

  1. Laura M says:

    What a great idea!!
    I may just have to try that…

  2. Christy Snedeker says:

    What a fun project. Great idea to mold around an existing glass vase. Even I could do that! It looks especially good around “green” houseplants.

  3. Scott says:

    Never thought of this one. Good instructions and good project.

  4. Tina says:

    Very clever my friend! Adorable too!

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