Clay Forming

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Clay forming is a crafting method that allows the player to place tiny cubes of clay together to form a shape. This mechanic is similar to knapping stone tools, where voxels must be added or removed to create the desired object. Molds, pots and other items made by clay forming must be burned in a firepit before use. Burned items turn into a dark color and have "burned" added to their name.

Acquiring Clay


Clay deposits are commonly found in temperate climates. Go ahead and dig up a bunch. You can also craft a flint shovel to speed up the process. There are different types of clay in the world, blue clay and fire clay. For tool molds and items like bowls and pots you can use any kind of clay, but the bloomery must be built with fire clay.

Creating Molds

1. Select clay in your hand. (blue clay is shown left and fire clay is shown right)

Clay in hotbar.png

2. Look at the top of a solid block and (sneak) press Shift + Right Click to open the clay molding menu

Clay mold recipe dialog.png

3. Select the recipe, and you will see the clay molding grid appear. To craft the chosen mold or item, you must fill (right mouse click) in all the green marked voxels to place clay and remove (left mouse click) any clay blocks outside of the grid, which are marked orange. It's helpful to press 'G' to sit on the ground while crafting with clay molds. Also, you can press 'F' while crafting to access the tool menu that will allow you to change your "brush size" and place more or less blocks at a time (1x1, 2x2 and 3x3) with each click. The last option in the tool menu 'Copy' also allows you to quickly duplicate layers of clay. As you complete each layer of the clay item, the next layer will appear for you to complete.

Clay molding.png

4. When the item is complete, the dialog boxes will disappear. You can then "break" the item to pick it up.

5. Bake the clay item. Put your raw clay item into the top left slot of the firepit, and add fuel to the bottom slot. When completed, the item will transfer to the right side (output) of the firepit. Burned items turn into a dark color and have "burned" added to their name. Baked items can be placed on the ground via Shift + Right click, and many items can be picked up again using right click when your hand is empty.

Clay Items and Molds

Molds to cast tools

  • Ingot Mold (one or two)
  • Anvil Mold
  • Axehead Mold
  • Hammerhead Mold
  • Hoehead Mold
  • Pickaxehead Mold
  • Prospector's Pickaxe head Mold
  • Shovelhead Mold
  • Swordblade Mold


  • Bowl (one or four)
  • Claypot (one or four)
  • Flowerpot (one or four)
  • Crucible (one or four)
  • Planter
  • Watering can

Clay Item Cost

Amount of clay needed per mold
mold or item # clay
Anvil 28
Planter 18
Prospecting Pick 13
Pick, Sword, Hammer, Hoe 12
Axe, Shovel 11
Flower pot 5
Clay pot (cooking pot) 4
Crucible 3
Ingot Mold 2
Bowl 1

Vintage Story: Vanilla Game Content
Terrain blocks Grid Gravel Granite.pngGravel Grid Granite sand.pngSand Grid Barren low fertility soil.pngSoil Grid Granite cobblestone.pngRock
Metal Working Copper Anvil.pngAnvil Crucible.pngCrucible Forge.pngForge Ingot Mold Burned.pngIngot Mold
Decorational Grid Painting.pngPaintings Grid Diagonal logs plaster.pngPlaster
Functional Firepit lit.pngFirepit Grid Ore blasting bomb.pngOre blasting bomb Grid Loot Vessel.pngLoot Vessels Grid Chest.pngContainers Grid Quern granite.pngQuern
Tools & Weapons Grid CopperAxe.pngAxe Grid Copper hammer.pngHammer Grid Copper hoe.pngHoe Grid Copper knife.pngKnife Grid Copper pickaxe.pngPickaxe Grid Copper prospecting pick.pngProspecting Pick Grid CopperSaw.pngSaw Grid Copper scythe.pngScythe Grid Copper shears.pngShears Grid Copper shovel.pngShovel Grid Bow.pngBow Grid Copper spear.pngSpear Grid Copper sword.pngSword Grid Wooden club.pngClub
Resources Grid Firewood.pngFirewood Grid Charcoal.pngCharcoal
Plants Grid Cattail tops.pngCattail Flax.pngFlax Onion.pngOnion Parsnip.pngParsnip Rice.pngRice Rye.pngRye Soybean.pngSoybean Spelt.pngSpelt Turnip.pngTurnip Flower-californiapoppy.pngFlowers Grid Sapling (Oak).pngTrees Berrybush red currant ripe.pngBerries
Mobs Bighorn.pngBighorn sheep Rooster.pngChicken Drifter.pngDrifter Locust.pngLocust Pig.pngWild Pig Wolf.pngWolf Hyena.pngHyena
Grid Lore Scroll.pngStarter Guide Grid Lore Book.pngCrafting Recipes Grid Charcoal.pngFuel Grid Copper hoe.pngAgriculture Grid Copper pickaxe.pngMining Grid Copper Ingot.pngMetal Grid Empty skep.pngBeekeeping Grid Ruins.pngRuins Grid Copper sword.pngCombat Grid Anvil copper.pngSmithing Grid Blue clay.pngClay Forming Heat Torch.pngLight sources