This page will contain all the details on the COIL POT project.
Coil Pots: A traditional pot create using snake like coils which are stacked upon each other to create the walls of a pot. Coil pots require the use of scoring and slip to keep construction together.
Assignment: Student must make at least 1 pot a minimum of 8” tall or wide and has the option to use piercing as a decorating technique. Students may also build using coil spirals and round balls of clay.
- Scoring: The act of scratching lines into a piece of clay in an “X” pattern. Also, referred to as cross-hatching.
- Slip: A mixture of clay and water, generally of a muddy consistency.
- Balance: The principle of art dealing with the relationship of the weight of one area as compared to another area.
- Piercing: The process of cutting shapes, letters or designs through the wall of a pot while in the leather hard state.
- Complete Ceramic Idea Sheet.
- Wedge clay.
- Begin with a small ball of clay and flatten.
- Use a tool to shape the flatten piece into the shape for the bottom.
- Begin making coils by shaping a piece of clay into a hot dog shape.
- Place on the table and start at the fingertips and roll all the way to the base of the palm. Roll back to the fingertips using even pressure.
- Replace hands to roll out the clay at the thickest part.
- Work clay until the coil is of consistent thickness.
- The coil should not be any thinner than a pencil or thicker than your index finger.
- Begin scoring and slipping coils on top of the base.
- Use the incising tool to score between the coils.
- Add slip to the scored area.
- Press the coils together.
- Every three or four coils smooth them together from the top coil to the bottom coil on the inside to form the bond
- As you add coils, begin to smooth the inside clay together, keeping one hand on the outside for support.
- Continue to add coils until you have a wall of at least eight inches.
- Finish smoothing the inside.
- OPTIONAL: Once leather hard, use tools to create a series of positive and/or negative cutouts which is called piercing.
- Once decoration has been finished, add signature and let dry to bone dry.
- Place on table for bisque firing. Due Date: ________________.