Elongated Pinch Pot Project


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Elongated Pinch Pot Project

  1. 1. 3/D Design Lesson Plan: Elongated Pinch Pot Vessel NSBH’s Ceramics II, III, AP Ms. Colby
  2. 2. Content • This lesson introduces an alternate approach to the basic pinch pot building technique in ceramics that moves beyond the traditional pinch pot bowl to explore a more complex form.
  3. 3. Content, continued • The technique is explored through the design of a vessel that incorporates simplicity, movement, and elegance in form. These bottles are inspired by the work of potters Joyce Michaud and Kristen Doner.
  4. 4. Joyce Michaud
  5. 5. Kristen Doner
  6. 6. Objective • The student will learn how to form a clay vase by lightly pinching and shaping a ball of clay using the fingers and thumb.
  7. 7. Objective • The student will combine two sections of pinched clay constructions (using low-fire clay) to create a bottle with an elongated neck that demonstrates balance, harmony, unity, and movement.
  8. 8. Process (brainstorming) • Look online at the pinch pots created by potter Joyce Michaud and Kristen Doner with the class and analyze the movement and form in the pinch pots Joyce Michaud Gallery Pinch Pots by Kristen Doner
  9. 9. Process • Make three sketches in your sketchbook (each one a full-page sketch) of clay pinch pot bottle forms that show movement and are elongated in design • With me, critique pinch pot bottle designs •
  10. 10. Process • Select one design for the bottle project • Form bottle by pinching clay, joining clay sections, and cleaning up any discernible joint edges
  11. 11. Process • Glaze the bisque-fired bottle, using multiple glazes (both “from scratch” and “store bought”) • Write a critique of completed piece in art journal • Demonstrate mastery of technique • Show evidence of craftsmanship
  12. 12. Vocabulary refresher • 1. Pinch pot -- A clay pot formed by pinching a ball of clay with the thumb and fingers • 2. Elongated -- Made longer or extended; having more length than width • 3. Aesthetics -- A pleasing appearance or effect • 4. Harmony -- A way of combining elements of art to accent their similarities and combine the parts into a whole
  13. 13. Vocabulary refresher • 5. Unity -- The quality of wholeness or oneness that is achieved through the effective use of the elements and principles of design • 6. Balance -- Proportion of parts or areas in a design arranged to create a feeling of stability in a work •
  14. 14. Vocabulary refresher • 7. Mouth -- Opening of a bottle or vessel • 8. Neck -- A cylinder form • 9. Vessel -- Container
  15. 15. Evaluation • The student will: • 1. Review clay properties in class text • 2. Partake in class discussions • 3. Analyze forms of potters' works (in class discussion and/or comments in art journal) • 4. Make three sketches in his/her art journal (each one a full-page sketch) of clay pinch pot vessel forms that show movement and have an elongated neck incorporated into the design • 5. With teacher, critique pinch pot vessel designs
  16. 16. Evaluation, page 2 • 1. Construct a piece that possesses aesthetic sensibility • 2. Construct a piece that incorporates harmony, unity, and balance • 3. Construct a vessel that has walls that are of even thickness and no more than 1/4" thick • 4. Join areas of the neck and vessel so that seams are not visible, demonstrating good craftsmanship • 5. Glaze the piece properly • 6. Demonstrate mastery of technique and craftsmanship
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