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Making a Coil Pot

BY: Tori Abernathy, Hannah Winters, & Jackie Kerr


In this booklet we're going to go through the steps with Ms. Sally of making a coil pot! 



Step 1:


"Well first we have to get some clay! You can use a Wire Clay Cutter which will easily cut the clay in half. Make sure parental supervision is around! After you have your clay, you have to wedge it! Wedgin clay makes sure you get out all of the air trapped inside. You will fold it onto itself onto a flat surface, but make sure it's on a towel or old shirt so it doesnt stick".

Step 2:


After you have your clay, you can now roll it into coils! The coils will look like clay worms! You can make them how long you want but they must be at least half an inch thick! 

Step 3: 


Now take your coils and make a base. You will then connect the coils using a "score, slip, and knit" technique. You can use a fork to score, or make the surface rough so it can connect better. Then take some slip, or watered down clay that acts as glue, and put it on top of where you scored. Then connect them together!

Step 4: 


After you repeat step 3 till how tall you want your pot to be, then you can start the smoothing process. 

Step 5:


For the smoothing process you will use a modeling spatula or your fingers. To make it even more smooth you can spray water and smooth it even more for a smooth, shiny surface.  You can use tools like a 3 large double-tipped wipe away tool or a fine point wipe away tool. 

Step 6: 


Now you can add your different detail. Like additive, where you add clay. Subtractive, where you take away clay. Or negative, where you take away clay all the way through. You can use a number of tools from a modeling liner, 2 double ball stylus tools, a needle tool, a fine point tool, or a wireloop sgrafitto tool. 

Step 7:


Now after you made you coil pot, and added your detail, you can set it out to dry!

Step 8:


After your beautiful piece of art dries, you can put in it a kiln. Have an adult do this so you don't hurt yourself! When it comes out it should be ready for a glazing process.

Step 9:


Now after your project has finished it's journey through the kiln, you can being glazing it. But before you glaze it, you have to rinse off your pot with water. Now you can begin glazing. Glazing is like painting a pot, but it goes through the kiln once again. When choosing a glaze make sure you read the title and description of it. The glaze can look completely different when it comes out of the kiln then when it went in!

Now your project should be finished! You can leave it as decorative, or put flowers in it and make it functional! You can give it to someone as a gift or keep it for yourself! Great job!