Ceramic Pinch Pot Construction

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How to make a ceramic pinch pot. How to use slip & score attachment in ceramics. How to add design and decoration to the surface of ceramics.

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Ceramic Pinch Pot Construction

  1. 1. Ceramic Construction:Pinch Method<br />
  2. 2. Fresh Clay<br />
  3. 3. Save back a piece for attachments or decorations.<br />
  4. 4. Form the clay into a ball using both of your hands.<br />
  5. 5. Stick in your thumb to make a hole.<br />
  6. 6. Support the clay<br /> in the palm of one hand. Use the thumb <br />and fingers of your other hand <br />to widen the hole. Form a simple bowl.<br />
  7. 7. The walls of the bowl should be “uniform.” <br />That means that the walls should have the same thickness<br /> on the top as they do on the bottom.<br />
  8. 8. The walls should be no thinner than your “pinkie” finger.<br />
  9. 9. …and no thicker than your “pointer” finger.<br />
  10. 10. If you don’t want your bowl to be rounded on the bottom, <br />gently tap the bowl on the table.<br />
  11. 11. If you want the sides to be smooth,<br />gently roll the sides on a smooth and dry part of the table.<br />
  12. 12. If you want the top to be even,<br />gently tap the top on the table.<br />
  13. 13. When you are satisfied with your form, <br />add extras.<br />
  14. 14. You can make a flat piece by “patty-caking” a piece of clay<br /> between your two hands.<br />
  15. 15. You can cut new shapes by cutting your “slab” with a paper clip.<br />
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  17. 17. “Slip and score” the two pieces you want to attach.<br />
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  19. 19. Add a tiny bit of extra clay, then “blend” the two parts <br />using your finger or a smooth blending tool.<br />
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  22. 22. Anything that has texture can be used to create decoration.<br />This is an ordinary comb.<br />
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  24. 24. A garlic press can be used to create hair-like strings of clay.<br />
  25. 25. When you have the clay as long as you like, <br />cut it off using a paper clip.<br />
  26. 26. “Slip and score” the pieces <br />you want to stay attached.<br />
  27. 27. Clay this thin is almost certain to break off.<br />
  28. 28. Pressing the clay closer to the main form <br />and grouping the tiny pieces will make it stronger.<br />
  29. 29. These pieces are irregular.<br />
  30. 30. Rolling them between your two palms can turn them into round eyes.<br />
  31. 31. This ordinary pencil is creating a pupil.<br />
  32. 32. Feel free to use exaggeration.<br />“Slip and score” the pieces you want to stay attached.<br />
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  34. 34. Paper clips can be used to cut in designs also.<br />
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  36. 36. Mouth<br />
  37. 37. Hands<br />
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  39. 39. Fingers<br />
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  41. 41. Arms<br />
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  43. 43. Keep adding to your form<br />until you are satisfied. <br />
  44. 44. Don’t neglect the back. <br />Sculpture is 3-D. <br />The back is important.<br />
  45. 45. Legs<br />
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  48. 48. Tail<br />
  49. 49. Texture<br />
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  51. 51. More texture.<br />
  52. 52. Creating texture with cloth.<br />
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  54. 54. Almost the end.<br />
  55. 55. The end. <br />Use a pen to write your name and class number on the bottom.<br />Do this every day. <br />Initials are never enough.<br />

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