Coiled Pots

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Gallery Observations: Looking at the images in the slideshow, what first impressions and observations can students make about clay coiled pots?

Process Overview:  Explain how basic coil pots are constructed.  Here is an initial demo resource.

Base Options: slab or coil.

Rolling Coils: techniques and tips.

Building Basics: the first coil, joining additional coils, shaping (up/ in/ out), finishing effects (exposed/smooth).

Decorative Aspects: spirals, beads, snakes, holes, coil size, level vs. spiral, etc.

Timeline: discuss the amount of class time that will be provided and the various stages.

Criteria: discuss what makes a successful project.

Preliminary Design: students are to sketch out a rough initial idea of what their coil pot will look like.

  • Masonite boards or canvas to cover the work surface
  • Clay, 1-2 grapefruit-sized balls for each student
  • Clay needle tools
  • Containers with a small amount of slip or water
  • Glazes: Underglazes in a variety of colors (non-toxic)
  • Clear glaze (non-toxic)
  • Brushes for applying underglazes and glazes
  • Plastic bags and trays for drying the clay projects
Day 1: Building

Students will spend one class (2 blocks) building their coil pots.

Greenware will slowly air dry before firing.

 Day 2: Glazing Bisque Ware

Once pots have been bisque fired, they are ready to glaze.

After the glazes have dried completely, pots will be fired again.