Friday, June 22, 2018

Grade Four: Pinch Pots Revisited

Students in grade four were shown examples of ceramic pinch pot vessels created by a method of clay construction known as “hand-building”, which differs from wheel-throwing construction. Pinch pots are a fundamental method of construction, created by using the thumbs and fingers, simultaneously, to squeeze and press the sides of the vessels into uniformity.  Artist examples all depicted a variety of additional techniques which were used to create interest and more complex designs. Techniques included relief building, scoring, textural impressions and altered form that differs from the standard circular form of a traditional pinch pot. 

Students were then guided through the pinch pot construction process together, and then were later encouraged to include some of the additional techniques discussed in the artist exemplars. Once the pots were fired, the pieces were glazed with color and fired a second time.