This page will contain all the details on the PINCH POT project.
Pinch pots may be the original form of pottery. This is the process of building a pot with no tool except for the human hand.
Assignment: The student will create 2 pinch pots of different sizes and shapes using the optional decorating technique of incising.
- Wedging: The process of aligning the clay particles and removing air from the clay.
- Plastic: Clay that is moist and easily shaped and modeled.
- Leather Hard: Clay that has begun to dry but still retains moisture. The perfect state of clay for finishing techniques.
- Incising: The process of cutting, fluting, scraping or altering the surface of the clay while in the plastic or leather hard state.
- Wedge 1 pound of plastic clay.
- Check for air pocket.
- Rewedge if air pockets are present by cutting it in half.
- Return to your table. Shape equal halves of clay into a ball and push thumb into the center of one half of the clay until almost to the bottom.
- With thumb inside clay, begin turning ball of clay and pinching thumb and forefinger together. Please be cautious of the thickness of the clay between your fingers.
- Continue to turn and pinch, working your way around the ball and then up towards the opening at the top.
- Using a tool shape and smooth the inside and the outside of the pot.
- Use tools to shape and finish the edge and the bottom of your pot.
- Begin second bowl.
- Repeat directions 4-8.
- Complete design sheet for the outside of the pot. (See Mr. Shipley if you have questions.)
- Let bowls sit inside an open plastic bag till leather hard. (Should only take overnight if bag is left open)
- When clay is leather hard begin using tools to add your design to the outside of the bowl using incising. Refer to your drawing.
- When design is finished, let bowl sit out uncovered to get to Bone Dry.
- Turn in for bisque firing. DUE DATE: _________________.