Functional Pottery Wheel
[02/02/2022] Added Digging Clay Mod
You can now use ingredients to reduce/remove the price for creating pottery. Added a new interaction to the Pottery Wheel - 'Buy Pottery Supplies' from where you can buy lump of clay, it costs 6 simoleons. For each craftable you need different amount of clay. The bigger the pottery - more clay will be needed. You can also dig clay.
I cloned one of the dirt piles, you can find it in debug mode, by searching 'Dirt Pile' and it should show up, the full name is 'Dirt Pile For Digging Clay'. It doesn't cost anything and it can be placed everywhere.
Once you press on the pile you will see an interaction: 'Dig For Clay'.
Your Sim will go and dig in the dirt, and after they are finished the pile will disappear.
You have chance to find from 8 to 10 lumps of clay.
If you have the Mining interaction from the Medieval Activities mod, you can use the mined kaolin as ingredient as well.
Ceramics is one of the most ancient industries going back thousands of years. Once humans discovered that clay could be found in abundance and formed into objects by first mixing with water and then firing, a key industry was born. The oldest known ceramic artifact is dated as early as 28,000 BCE, during the late Paleolithic period. With that being said, this is not a history class, however is mind-blowing (at least for me), that this ancient crafting technique (and amazing tool for relaxation and emotions control) is not included in the Sims 4. Now, I am coming from a country where most people live on a tide-budget, so growing up I only heard about the Sims, but I’ve never seen it, or knew anything about it. That goes for my friends as well (we were from the kids playing all day outside). So I was introduced in the world of Sims very late, in my university years, when I finally afforded to have the game. So, basically the only thing I know is Sims 4, when I digged in the other versions I was so disappointed to find all these amazing hobbies (pottery, alchemy, sewing, toy-making, jewelry station etc.) left out of the Sims 4. I consider myself very creative so having painting and piano was exciting for me … But was it really enough? If you try to create real world simulation, you need to have diversity.
So, after a couple of months into modding, I finally gathered the courage to take matters in my hands and to create the functional pottery wheel.
Adds a new crafting station complete with a 10 level skill, several custom buffs and a new craftable – pottery.
Search for ‘Pottery Wheel‘ in the search bar to find the machine
Name – Pottery Wheel
Location – Misc Appliances, Outdoor Activity, Hobbies
Price – 750 simoleons
Off The Grid Compatible – Yes
Once you press on the station, you will see a picker window from where you can choose the craftable you want to create.
At level 1, are available 6 ceramic design plates for crafting, and as the Skill progresses, more pottery recipes are unlocked.
Since pottery is a common relaxing practice, I added extra functionality, your Sim can use the pottery wheel while they are tense/uncomfortable/sad. The crafting process will also decrease their negative mood.
2. Added Custom Skill
Name – Pottery
Levels – Major skill with 10 levels
Can be mentored
How Can be Obtained
Reading skill books (available from the bookshelf or purchase them on the computer)
Crafting Pottery (with each creation the skill is increasing a little)
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At level 5, a new interaction is unlocked on the Crafted Items – Sell to Pottery Museum ( Selling price 2x retail price).
At level 7, a new interaction is unlocked on the Crafted Items – Sell to Private Collector ( Selling price 2.5x retail price).
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Like any regular skill, you have 3 skill books
1. Pottery Vol 1: The Beginning
2. Pottery Vol 2: The Science of Glazing
3. Pottery Vol 3: Porcelain or Ceramic?
*Custom thought bubbles
3. Craftable Pottery
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At level 1 your Sim can create 6 different colors of plain ceramic plates.
Level 2 can be created roman and porcelain plates
Level 3 ceramic coffee cups
Level 4 Small roman vases
Level 5 Roman styled souvenirs
Level 6 Big Greek Vases
Level 7 Kylix
Level 8 Amphore and Lekythos
Level 9 Oenochoe
Level 10 Teapots and porcelain perfume
All craftables can be found in debug mode with their respective names (ceramic plate, amphore, kylix, etc.). Or once you activate the debug mode, you can go under the sculpture category and they should be all there in one place.
Only the teapots are visible in the regular buy menu, under appliances, but they cost 1000$ if you want to buy them.
All craftables are low poly,LOD 0: under 1K.
*Can be crafted
*Can be sold from the inventory
* Can be sold from the city/island living Sales Tables
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80% of the potteries give off an emotional aura
View the Ceramics -will give special moodlets to your Sim.
Sell to Pottery Museum – this interaction will allow your Sim to sell their products at reasonable price (available after skill level 5)
Sell to Private Collector – similar to the upper, available after level 7
Some of the craftables are functional – (on level 10 of the pottery skill, your Sim can create tea pots and perfume bottle) they can be used.
Some of the craftables can be used for water collection
With level 6 onward, your Sim will create different types of big vases, amphoras, kylix etc. They all can be used to collect water.
There are at least 20 different buffs, that your Sim can receive from different interactions, including, after finishing crafting, viewing the craftables, and mentoring.
The only known issue is that you cannot queue potteries. You have to craft potteries one by one. And also there are no custom animations, instead it was used the tuning from the woodworking table.