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Pinch Pots: Bowls

Pinch Pots: bowls

Your Mission: Create a minimum of 2 bowls using the “pinch” technique. Your bowls should have a design stamped into the surface for decoration and include a foot.

Vocabulary: bisque, clay, green ware, joining, kiln, modeling, pinch pot, pinching, score, slip, stick, wedging

Materials: Clay, different tools for texture and scoring and slip

Research hunger and answer questions on the worksheet. What are some of the statistics about hunger?
Creating a stamp -Brainstorm: 10 ideas for stamp designs. You will make 2 stamps, one using your initials, the other more textural.
Create your stamps. Put them in the kiln room to get fired.
Discussion: What makes a perfect bowl?
Demonstration: How to make a pinch pot
Practice making pinch pots
Begin final pinch pots for bowls: Get clay
Wedge clay
Make a ball out of the clay
Press thumb into ball of clay
Draw the clay out by repeatedly pinching the clay with your thumb and fingers
Keep the walls an even thickness
Smooth out the pot making sure that there are no bumps or rough edges
Remember: This is going to be a bowl for soup, make the walls nice and smooth and keep the bottom round.
Demonstration: attaching a foot
Once finished with the pot, attach a foot on to the bottom by slipping and scoring a coil and welding it onto the pot.
Plan out where you will stamp your design into your pot.
Take your stamp and press into your pot creating a unique and interesting design along your pot.
 Write your name and date on the bottom when finished and stamp the empty bowls stamp on the bottom as well.
Fill out the “am I done?” sheet to make sure you have completed all the steps.
Place the finished maraca on the cart to dry out for firing.
Remember: you are created at least 2 pots, so when you are finished with your first pot, go back and work on the second one.

• Wedge the air out of the clay so the pot does not explode in the kiln
• Create one bowl that is functional and encompasses what you have learned about the ‘pinch’ technique and about world hunger.
• Your bowl must have a foot attached to the bottom to support it
• Your bowl must have a design stamped into the bowl for a decorative surface element
• Your bowl must be pinched out evenly, have evenly thick walls
• You create a bowl with a rhythm for the viewer to follow through the piece as well as create a piece with good use of balance, shape, form, pattern, texture and tactile quality
• Your bowl is a functional bowl and will not leak or tip when used.
• You have glazed the bowl neatly adding beauty to the piece
• You have added a price to your piece