Lesson ID: 192
Clay (a fist size piece of clay - self-drying clay)
Small bowl of water for wetting clay (for working clay if needed)
New paper (for drying pinch pots)
A tub of water (warm soapy water for washing hands)
Discuss "what is a pinch pot?" Read books on the history of the use of pinch pots by the Native American Indians to the children. (The internet is a great place to gather information and pictures of pottery.)
Look at images of geometric shapes, animal symbols on the outside of pottery or bring in some real pottery for the children to feel and look at.
Demonstrate to the children how to make a pinch pot first and how they can draw on the outside of their pinch pots by using a sharpened pencil with medium presser.
The child will take a fist size amount of clay and will knead the clay. This removes air bubbles and soften the clay and allow for easier handling.
Then the child places the clay in his or her non- dominant hand and begins to mold the clay into a ball using the palms of both hands. When the child is finished molding the ball the outside of the ball should be smooth.
Now the child is ready to start forming the pinch pot by pressing his or her thumb in the middle of the clay ball, but remember not to press all the way through the bottom of the clay ball. The child begins to pinch the sides with their thumb, index finger and middle finger (the sides of the pot are call the walls.) The child continues to press the pot up and out as he or she rotates the pot in their hand.
After the pinch pot has been formed and finished the child may choose to draw on the outside of the pinch pot to decorate his or her pot.
This lesson contributed by Kathy Varela.
Tips and Tricks
Acrylic paint can be used to paint self-drying clay.