Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pottery Tutorials:Pinch Pot Construction

With pinching gestures, you can mold clay into objects such as animals or even make a bowl.  While this form of pottery seems really basic, you can get a feel for the clay you are working with and you will get to know the limits of your clay. (Does it bend easily?  Does it dry fast?  Etc.)
To make a bowl...
(Begin with a ball of clay)
   Begin with a ball of clay.  Push your thumb into the center.  Then pinch up the walls.
(Turn the piece as you pinch)
  Turn the piece as you pinch.  This will help you to keep an even thickness in the walls of the piece.
(Flatten the bottom)
   Gently pat the bottom on a flat surface to create a flat spot on the bottom of the piece.

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