Working with Clay- pinch pots
A KS3 sculpture workshop led by Fitzwilliam education staff member Alison Ayres. She demonstrates how to make a clay pinch pot with a lid that is then decorated as a creature. This workshop is inspired by the large ceramic owl by potter Robert Wallace Martin in their collection. The six films show the key stages of the clay pinch pot workshop.
This workshop was delivered in one ninety minute session with a group of Year 9 pupils. If you wanted to extend the workshop to include painting the pot then the clay needs to be fully dry.
Follow the links on this page to see a film about the owl or just get started with some clay.
Key Stage:KS2&3 Art and Design
Overview:The six films show how the group we worked with created decorated pinch pots on animal theme. This lesson plan can be used to:
To start a sculpture project.
To develop ideas and understanding of processes and materials. As part of study of any artist using ceramics.
As part of individual study.
The artist tells the group about types of clay and introduces the workshop
The simple technique of pinch pots is demonstrated.
The base and the top come together to make the basic form for decoration.
Adding clay to your pot using a scoring technique and clay slip.
Students discuss their experience and share their work.