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Pottery Aprons: Keeping It Clean

This is my most popular post (thanks to Pinterest!) so thought I’d put it out there again for those of you that did not see it previously.

One of the downsides of doing pottery is the mess…unless you have an awesome pottery apron that keeps the dirt from overwhelming your outfit (and I use that term loosely, as I NEVER would call what I wear to the pottery studio, an “OUTFIT”-LOL!!).

At any rate, I do love a good apron and am always on the lookout for the next big thing.

I checked them out at NCECA in April, 2013 and found some great ones.

Pottery Aprons-water resistant fabric

Pottery Aprons-water resistant fabric

A lovely towel apron!

A lovely towel apron!

Very nice, cool aprons!

Very nice, cool aprons!

But the best apron that I’ve found was in a sack of rags from the lady that I bought the kiln from.  As she had me load up “everything”, I took a bag of rags and in going through them found this old, but fantastic apron.  See video here (I apologize now for this very cheesy video):

I made a pattern from it and made a few minor changes and have made several since.  You can actually pull it over your head, no ties, no need for clean hands, and it splits in the middle, so it is perfect for throwing.  I make them out of curtain fabric that has a light rubbery lining-helps to avoid too much soakage!

Made one for Adriana Christianson!  She loves it!!

Adriana Christianson in her "Marian's Fabulous Pottery Apron"

Adriana Christianson in her “Marian’s Fabulous Pottery Apron”

Here is an article I found on how to make a pottery apron from a Pottery Making Illustrated, Special Potters Guide issue from 2001-2002: Make a split leg pottery apron-page 1

Make a split leg pottery apron

Make a split leg pottery apron-page 3

My obsession with aprons has caused me to lose my mind it seems.  My most recent creation came about as i looked at some car seat covers that my husband took off his jeep seats.  They had so many pockets, velcro enclosures and were actually in good nick.  I just couldn’t help myself!  ….I made an apron out of them!  It actually works great-glazes and water practically jump off the fabric it is so repellant.  Ok, it’s true…I’ve lost it!

Newest Creation!! Oh NO! Stop me!!! It's made from an old car seat cover!

Newest Creation!! Oh NO! Stop me!!! It’s made from an old car seat cover!

And now to see what other craziness is happening in the world of pottery, check out Mud Colony bloggers!

Pot on, but don’t go crazy!


Written by Marian Williams


  1. Adriana Christianson · September 5, 2013

    LOVE the car seat apron Marian, yr a total nutcase xx

  2. Sharyn Dingeldei · September 5, 2013

    Very industrious and I give great applause for your actions on sustainability. A great way to recycle or re-use something ‘old’!

  3. Lori Buff · September 6, 2013

    Great aprons! I’m always looking for a pair of overalls at the local thrift store.

  4. servantceramics · September 6, 2013

    Fantastic post Marian! I loved seeing the pottery illustrated article! I might need to make my own car seat aprons after reading how water repellant they are 🙂

  5. Judith wagenseller · September 13, 2013

    Love your aprons. I keep saying I will make some split aprons but, am I?????? I can barely do what I am doing. Those aprons at the top were cute. I loves the bright design but, how were they made? Maybe I could order something . CAR SEAT!! This is why I miss you. Judith

  6. Susan · September 14, 2013

    Here’s another one for you to try.
    Get a pair of blue jean coveralls from the salvation army or other budget clothing stores.
    Cut out the bum, leaving the waist band and the shoulder staps intact. Split the legs up the back and voila – pottery apron with pockets.

  7. Pottery Aprons | Baking, Making, and Crafting · February 10, 2016

    […] The results were these guys, made using a combination of different tutorials and inspiration from some ready made aprons available. See here, here, here, and here. […]

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