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Glazed ceramic chicken waterer
chicken drinking water

Making Chicken or Poultry Ceramic Waterer Pottery Wheel Lesson

We were asked if we can custom make chicken coop ceramic stoneware Waterer / Feeder on commission. After searching for additional information, we found out that they were used until 50-100 years ago and all you can find is very expensive antiques ceramic waterer or feeders. Their size is about 2-3 litters. The benefits of the design below are: 1) Stable and hard to disturb, 2) Difficult for chickens to stand on it (less chicken poop in water or food), 3) Very durable and easy to use. The only design issue we came across is that it is one piece and may be difficult to scrub the inside. See pottery wheel lesson lesson below.


Center the clay (about 6 lbs)
Center clay

Push down
Push clay down
Make a hole leaving 3/8" on bottom
make center hole
Open pot further
pull clay to correct size

...to about 6" wide
Pull out
Pull walls up
pull walls up

And up ...
pull clay walls up to correct height
Last pulling to insure wall uniformity
raise the walltaller

Push top in (top gets thicker)
Colllar in top rim

Thin the top and pull further
Shape the pot and compress walls
shape pot
Bring neck in
Collar in more
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Bring neck further in
Shape top
Refine pot's shape


Close top in - leave room for 1 finger
Create the knobs shape

Close top completely


Insure it is sealed and thick enough
Define knob's top
Define knob's bottom

Note: Make the slit cut on the wheel by keeping the cutting knife steady while turning the pottery wheel slowly to insure a perfect parallel cut. Trimming the pot upside down may be difficult (pointy top) and trimming on the wheel as illustrated, will safe the trouble later.

Trim for right thickness on bottom
Trim bottom of pot
Remove excess clay


Pintool hole to let air out while drying
poke hole with pintool
Let clay dry a bit & cut a slit 3 - 4"
cut for water lip


Note: Bottom lip need to extend above upper lip to insure the water column does not leak. If stretching the bottom lip is not enough, adding a coil as illustrated below is required.

Push upper hole in
Shape the curve


Thin and pull bottom lip
Shape bottom lip
create water openning

Final Note: When glazing, be aware that glaze must reach the entire inside of the pot for easy cleaning. Pouring glaze inside and spraying the outside seem to be the most efficient way to so. Using and applying glazes technique

You may choose to add some height
Use a coil and attached to lip
Pottery wheel lesson

All finished - dry slowly
Pot is finished
Happy drinking!
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