3rd Grade Coil Pots

3rd grade glazed coil pots

3rd grade glazed coil pots

3rd graders have been working on their ceramic coil pots.  Students started by creating a simple pinch pot.  They then learned how to roll coils of clay.  It’s just like making a snake out of Play-dough, which a lot of them have done before!  We learned the very important score and slip technique to attach the coils to the pots.  In art, a score is a scratch or a shallow cut.  Slip is clay with water added to it — gloppy and fun!  Score and slip involves scratching the two pieces of clay you’d like to join together and using a paintbrush to gently brush slip onto the scratches.  This ensures everything is very securely joined.  One of the trickiest things for students to understand is that simply pressing two pieces of clay together is not always enough to attach them securely!  Some students used coils to add height to their pot, and others used it to make handles or lids.  They used extra clay to add details and decorations if they wished.  The pots were fired in the kiln last week, and Mrs. Frein’s and Mrs. Nigro’s classes glazed them today.  After one more trip to the kiln, they will be ready to go home!

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