Pottery Cool Studio: Creating a Turtle Dish

Clay Turtle Dish

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making pottery? I sure have! Believe it or not, now you can and so can your kids, right in your own home. The Pottery Cool Studio lets your child create things he or she can really use, like smartphone speakers, jewelry holders, and more! This is real pottery that your kids can actually do themselves, plus it’s easy to use and easy to clean up.


Here’s how it works. All you have to do is place a clay disk onto the turntable, gently spray it with water and watch it spin and take shape in your hands. The turntable lets gravity do the work as you create the design you want. Once it has air-dried, the creativity really begins as you paint it in any way you like.


The kit contains the pottery wheel itself {which requires four C batteries, not included}, a spray bottle, a tool holder, 2 lbs of clay, 2 Sculpting Tools, 2 Coring Tools, 2 Sleeves, 10 Colors of Metallic Paint, and a paintbrush. There’s also an instruction guide to help you create a variety of clay projects. Check out this video for some great how-to tips and tricks for getting started with the kit.

We decided to make a turtle bowl for our first project. LC plans to keep it on his night table to hold some of his little treasures. Here’s how you can create one of your own!

Clay Turtle DIsh

Step 1: Open one clay disc and split it in half. Roll one half into a ball and place it on the wheel.
Place the other half to the side; you’ll be using part of it later.

Step 2: Spray the ball with your water bottle, then flip the switch to the low setting so that the wheel begins to spin.


Step 3: Use your hands to shape the wet clay into a dish.
You’ll want to do this by pushing down and flattening the ball a bit first, then sticking your thumb into the center to create the indentation. Continue to smooth it out until you like the way it looks. This will become the turtle’s body/shell.


Step 4: Using clay from the other half of the disc, form a ball for the turtle’s head. Use the blue scoring tool to score both the body and the back of the head.
This will help the pieces to stick together without glue.


Step 5: Form four smaller balls to be the turtle’s feet. Score them in the same way and attach them to the sides of the body.
If you like, you can create and attach a little tail too! Finish by adding two tiny eyes.

Step 6: Use the blue scoring tool to add detail to the feet.


Step 7: Gently press the large coring tool into the clay on the sides of the body and twist lightly to create circular indentations.
Remember, we’re just creating a pattern, so you don’t need very much pressure at all.


Step 8: Allow your turtle to dry.
You’ll want it to be totally air-dried before painting, so it’s recommended that you let him sit overnight. You can help speed up the process by using a hair dryer or a fan, but make sure your project is thoroughly dry before moving on.

Step 9: Paint!
Use any colors you like to make a one of a kind creation! Didn’t this one turn out adorable?

Clay Turtle Dish

Want more project ideas? Check out these videos for step by step instructions for making a Jewelry Holder and a Cell Phone Speaker. The Pottery Cool Studio, available at Walmart.com, is the perfect gift that lets your little artist {ages 6 and up} explore his or her creative side. Is there someone in your life who would love to receive the Pottery Cool Studio this holiday season…or just because?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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