Monday, December 12, 2011

Kindergarten Pinched Pots

  So I posted earlier that I broke down and let some of my classes do a clay project before the holidays.  A couple of my kindergarten classes are doing their first clay project , the pinched pot.  Those in the know can tell you a pinched pot is a clay ball that is pinched into a bowl shape.  They glaze the bowls the following week and into the kiln they go.
Due to budgetary constraints we only had 3 colors to work with...blue, yellow and white.
     I had them pick one color to paint the inside, one color to paint the lip, and another color for the outside.  Color mixing was going to happen so I wasn't worried about not having enough variation.
The first batch came out nearly perfect.  I may have done a somersault or 2 when I opened the kiln the next day.  I have had issues with clay breaking or exploding in the kiln due to air or moisture getting trapped in the clay and not giving it enough dry time.  The one at the bottom of the pic is not a pinched pot.  One of my students was absent for a while and missed making one...so I let her glaze something I had made earlier.

 I'd say considering we only had 3 colors to glaze with, there was plenty of variation.


      And finally a little teaser of another project I mentioned in a previous post, the clay animals.  I'll show you more in a couple of days.  These are a second grade project and they're working on the habitats for their creations.  Till then...

13 comments:

  1. I'm no expert but that looks like good work !

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  2. Some great work indeed, those clay animals look like quite the display too.

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  3. Looks like a fun class. Pretty good work!

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  4. These are wonderful. Given that they only had three colours to work with, there is still so much variation it's surprising.
    The animals are great too. The peguin is my favorite. You should make an otter, it would be grand.

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  5. Ahh! I remember making pinched pots. And I remember getting really pissed off when mine turned out an ugly, baby poop green. Oh, the good 'ol days.

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  6. They look amazing, considering you only used three colors!

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  7. I wanted to let you know that I put you up on my blogroll Otter.

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  8. brings back elementary school memories

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  9. I remember making these! I actually have a really cool one still that something happened to it in the kiln that it made a wicked cool design.

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  10. i'd like to be in one of your classes just for the fun of it :p

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  11. Works very nice, but too bad I do not have the ability to do things like that:)

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