Submitted by: Vivian Moreira Komando, Ed. S, NBCT Class: Ceramics Pottery and 3D AP Unit: Clay / Hand building Lesson: Elongated Pinch Pot Bottle
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Art Is Ceramics [DVD set] - (DVD) Artist Mollie Favour explores basic hand-building technique, different types of clays, and simple tools. She demonstrates wedging and creates a pinch pot and a box with a lid made from two joined pinch pots. This DVD also features demonstrations of making coils, constructing a coil bowl and coil coffee cup, plus decorating and firing techniques.
Submitted by: Vivian Moreira Komando, Ed. S, NBCT Class: Ceramics Pottery and 3D AP Unit: Clay / Hand building (see more examples) Lesson: Experimenting with Slab Building to Create a Bowl - Expressive Bowls
The student will learn how to work with the draping, molding, and joining properties of clay to hand build a bowl that has expressive qualities. (click image for larger view)
Ceramics for Beginners: Hand Building - Artist Mollie Favour shows tools and clays as well as wedging, then proceeds to making slabs by throwing and rolling. She constructs a box with a lid, demonstrating how the pieces are joined utilizing scoring and Slip. Other pieces are created and decorated, including bowls that are draped over forms, a vase, and a wall mural.
The teacher will:
Use class text with students to review clay properties
Have examples of varied forms of clay pots / vessels that are constructed by draping the clay
Look at the "Impressions" work of potter Joyce Michaud with the class and analyze the expressive quality of the bowls.
Demonstrate how to roll slabs, how to tear the clay, and how to join slab pieces over an inflated beach ball to form a bowl.
Assist students as needed
Critique with students as work progresses
The student will:
Review clay properties in class text
Partake in class discussions
Watch demonstration on draping and joining slabs to form a bowl
Overlap and smooth the slabs to join as the bowl is formed
Consider options of jagged edges versus smooth edges to create expressive qualities
Release air from beach ball during the various stages of the clay drying process
Consider the final form of the bowl as the beach ball air is released and the clay is still moldable to create expressive qualities
Glaze the bisque fired bowl
Written critique of piece in art journal
Demonstrate mastery of draping and joining of slabs
Show evidence of craftsmanship
Rubric based on the above criteria and problem solving to form bowl
Submitted by: Vivian Moreira Komando, Ed. S, NBCT Class: Ceramics Pottery and 3D AP Unit: Clay / Hand building Lesson: Constructing a Coil Pot (see more examples)
The student will learn how to use coil-building techniques to create a 12" (30 cm) coil pot that incorporates variety. (click image for larger view)