Start with a lump of clay. "Throw" it onto the center of the potter's wheel and slowly shape it using hands, water and a few basic tools. Cut the wet vessel off the wheel and dry it until it is ready to trim (leather hard stage). Next re-center and trim the pot. Use a blade to cut shapes and patterns out of the vessel's walls. After the design is complete, smooth the cut edges and burnish the surface. After it has completely dried (bone dry stage), it is bisque fired. The bisque vessel is glaze ready. It is then dipped in glaze and re-fired in a glaze kiln. Next, pray to the kiln gods for beautiful results.