• Betsy Perez

Christmas Ceramics: Hand-building Pottery Ideas

It's that time of year again and everyone in the studio is thinking about Christmas gifts and decorations. Here are a few ideas I will be testing out.

Christmas Tree Candle Holders

I just adore these tree candle holders. You can purchase them from the Scandinavian Design Center or, take a stab at making them yourself.


There are endless possibilities when it comes to the kinds of ceramic ornaments you can create. However, not many are as perfect as these creations from potter Jude Allman. Not only would they be amazing on your tree, but they would completely elevate any Christmas gift wrap.

Giving Plates

If you haven't heard of Giving Plates, just search them on Pinterest - they are everywhere and they make perfect hostess gifts. This particular version is one on Amazon. Most include a poem that says..

This plate shall have no owner for its journey NEVER ends, it travels in a circle  of our FAMILY and FRIENDS. It carries LOVE from home to home  For everyone to share, The food that’s placed upon it  was made with love and care. So please ENJOY what’s on the plate Then fill it up again, Then pass along the love it holds  to your family and friends!

Holiday Wall Hanging

Just grab a branch, some twine and make some white holiday shapes - they could be stars or snowflakes or anything really, and voila! A beautiful holiday decoration. This particular version was featured on a fun craft blog I found on Pinterest.

Nativity Scenes

I'll be the first to admit that sculpting isn't my cup of tea. But, I do love these more rustic nativity scenes that have become somewhat mainstream. This particular example would be so great on a display table or a fireplace mantel. Plus, with some pinch pot, slab and slip and score techniques, it's something most beginners could handle.

Holiday Houses

Okay, so these aren't exactly made of clay, but imagine if they were. These little houses would be an extra special decoration. And, i just love this windowsill display.

Hopefully, you've found some inspiration for your holiday pottery projects. Have fun! And, please, share your inspiration in the comments below!

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