I thought you might enjoy seeing a couple of photos of different pinch pot creations. I don’t have time to photograph steps for another How-To pinch pot post right now–I’ll try to get to it this coming week. If you want to try out any of these projects, you do need to know one or two things, so I’ll just tell you quickly . . .
First: whenever you join two pieces of clay (in most cases), you need to rough up the surfaces that will be joined. Scratch them with a plastic fork, or to make a better tool, cut little pointy teeth out of the edge of an old gift card or a bit of plastic from an old food container or whatever you’ve got, then use this toothed tool to scratch up the surfaces–do a thorough job.
Second: wet one of the scratched (scored) surfaces with a bit of water–just use an old artist’s paint brush. This is the only thing you’re allowed to use water for when making pinch pots! And don’t use more water than necessary. I don’t give my kids water because they can’t control themselves and they end up dissolving their pots, but you guys can handle it, right . . . ?
Wiggle and press and smooth the two pieces together until they’re well stuck.
Third: whenever you join pieces of clay together, you need to dry the pot more carefully, so cover your creation with a plastic sheet or grocery bag for a day or two. Otherwise, the joined pieces might come apart.
So, here are some photos of things you can do with pinch pots. If you have a preference, tell me which one(s) you’d like instructions on and I’ll try to accommodate you. The teapot and whistle are advanced projects, though, so it’ll be a little while before I get to them.
I made the little rabbit hole with tree roots hugging it to show to my students. I tell them their pinch pot is like a rabbit’s hole and they mustn’t make the opening too large or foxes will get in and eat their baby bunnies.
My daughter Cheri (16) made this frog house with the frog and snail. The mushroom is made of two pinch pots–the cap and the stalk–fastened together and embellished with windows, doors, shingles, etc.
We did a whole village of these little frogs with their abodes. Some of the kids sculpted other animals, birds, etc., instead of the frogs. These two little amphibians are mine. One of the perks of the job–you get to make cool stuff.
I have some home-made clay roulettes that I use to add textures such as this one on the goblet. I’ll show you how to make them at some point–they’re not difficult. The funny looking piece on the bottom is a maraca or rattle. We did a class on musical clay and this was my sample project.
The teapot is a very large pinched pot with pinched lid and slab-built/pinched spout and tripod feet with a pulled handle. It has a built-in strainer for loose leaf tea. I just sold it, so I had to make another one (only different)–it’s drying now.
This little dragon whistle plays a four-note scale. My daughter wanted to paint him, so he’s the only piece here that’s not glazed. Glazing pots isn’t an absolute requirement unless you’re going to put food in them, and painting with acrylic can be very effective on the right sort of piece.
I hope you enjoyed my photo show and I look forward to posting how-to’s on some of these soon.