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Unit Two, Instructions:
Construction and Impressed Designs
Students, these instructions give you the
information you need so you can do these assignments on your own. Even if you
don't have a teacher you can learn about ceramics.
Pinch Pot Vases
Examples of Pinch Pots
After you take a look at the examples above, follow
along with your teacher to practice making pinch pots or if you are
doing this on your own, go to the
resources page to link to how-to pages. Your first project will be a
pinch pot vase. To do this, form two pinch pots about the same size and
join them together by scoring
and slipping them. Smooth the edges so that you cannot see the
Making the pinch pots
Putting them together
Joining the pinch pots
Next, cut a hole where you want to add a
neck. if the clay is
still soft, you can simply add a
coil here for your neck. If
it is leather hard, you will need to score and slip that area before
adding a coil.
Set your vase on the table. Look at it from all sides. The next step is to add
a foot to it. Look at some pictures of different types of vases. What should your foot
look like? It can be wide or narrow, flaring or straight, short or tall.
Make a decision and add your foot.
Designs: The type of design that we will add to this pot
is and impressed design. It is very much like what is called
stamping. An item is
pressed into the clay to make a mark as opposed to being dragged or
scratched. Using the top or bottom of a paper or plastic cup to define
your shapes, impress an oval or circle into two opposing sides of your
vase. Next, find any firm object to impress designs into the shapes.
Create a pattern through repetition.
Pinch Pot Vase Rubric
Use the rubric to see the expectations for each vase.
You should make at least ten thumbnail sketches of different types of
pinch pots before you start.
Student Examples of Pinch Pot Vases
Great Examples of
Clay Instruments Created and Played by Clay Artists
Examples of Animal Whistles
- For this pinch pot project, you will need first to learn how to make a
whistle that actually makes a sound. This may be more difficult than it
sounds. For some really good step-by-step instructions, you can use this How to Make a Ceramic Whistle Handout [ms
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- Once you have mastered creating a functioning whistle, you can get
creative. You can go to the above links to see some pictures of
various clay whistles. The Resources page
also has whistle links.
- Extra Creative Animal Whistles: Decide what animal you want to represent and do some thumbnail sketches of
it until you have worked out how you will make your whistle. Some of the
problems you encounter might be:
Where will the mouthpiece be?
How will I incorporate the air hole into my design so that the whistle
will still work?
Can I make the animal without small thin pieces that might break?
How can I add pieces to my whistle form without blocking the flow of
- Once your whistle is made, it needs to dry. You will want it to dry
slowly. Lightly drape a piece of plastic over it for a few days and then
take the plastic off and let it dry for a few more days. It is important
that you ensure that it is completely dry before you fire it in the kiln.
- When you take it out of the kiln, the clay will be very porous and
will tend to absorb paint that you put on it. For this reason it is
important to seal the surface with a primer. I just use regular latex
paint primer or artists' acrylic paint primer.
- After the primer is dry, you can mix the colors you want on a palette
and paint your creature.
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