Clay Puzzling

“What the heck is this?” you ask. Clay puzzling molds are two piece molds held together with a Velcro strap. Rather than pouring in slip, you press clay into each half of the mold, then insert a coil of clay to seal the seam with a special tool. The piece can be removed almost immediately and either squished to make a different form, used for add-ons such as fish fins or pumpkin leaves, or just used as is.

Anything made with clay needs to be completely dry before firing or it will explode in the kiln. This usually takes one to two weeks depending on heat and humidity in the room.

We have molds for balls, vases, pumpkins, and more. Some molds are just a foundation for creating shapes such as cones for trees and gnomes; and bowls that can be used on the inside or the outside.

We made a birdhouse using a soda pop can as a base during the IADCCT 2021 virtual convention.
We made an ugly fish using a vase puzzle mold during the MVCT retreat in June 2021.
I made a spider using a ball mold at the Midwest Show several years ago.

Michael Harbridge creates and demonstrates puzzle molds. Check out his Facebook page or his webpage

So come and play with clay!

  • In the studio this Monday (10/4/2021) we will practice making puzzled pumpkins.
  • On Facebook Live this Thursday (10/7/2021) we will show our viewers how it’s done. Tune in to Carol’s Carousel Classes group on Facebook. (ask to join).

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About carolscarouselcreations

I am a retired math teacher. My jusband and I have been pouring, cleaning, firing, and painting ceramics since 1970 and have been teaching since 1972. We are both Duncan certified and members of IADCCT (International Association of Duncan Certified Caramic Teachers) and MVCT (Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers), a local chapter in North East Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. We have a home studio where we teach Technique Workshops and have Open Class time. We also have a party van which we take to local nursing homes. A new addition in 2020 is our online Facebook Live classes/demonstrations. We have two Etsy stores AfAfKidsNFriends for our African-American pieces and CarolsCarouselShoppe for our carousels. Find us on Facebook at CarolsCarouselCreations or send us an email to
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