Category Archives: Pottery

Ceramics – Pots and Pendants!

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Coil Pots

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I really enjoyed making coil pots in class, I had drawn up a few designs as to what i would like before class, but of course I didn’t stick rigidly to it as I wanted to experiment and I will go back to the initial designs once I’ve got a hang of the technique to a level I’m happy with (even though it is quite basic)

I’m still struggling a little with the clay as I find it hard to work with at times as it can be hard to mould and shape when I’ve not a great deal of upper body strength and when I find the clay very tough initially.

I did enjoy coil pots a bit more than the pinch pots as with coil pots I was able to take smaller pieces and roll them into coils and with the pinch pots I needed a bit more muscle strength.

Maria Martinez – Pottery

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While researching Pinch Pots I cam across the work of Maria Martinez was a native american artist who created creations inspired by her cultural roots and reflected traditional Pueblo pottery styles.

Her work is mainly black on black, a mix of polished and bland to create a stark contrast effect. Her aunt taught her the basic skills and her family and herself continued to practice these and helped to preserve this knowledge. She was well known for creating some of the much finer pots in her area as they could be very thin and so was approached to recreate traditional Pueblo pots after parts of some were discovered during an archaeological excavation and museums around the world wanted replicas.

It took a while for her to master the process of black on black as it was a skill that was slowly dying out and for a long time she was embarrassed by some of her work, thinking it was not as good as the original ancient pots would have looked like. With some encouragement she overcame this and recieved world wide acclaim but stayed humble regardless.

 

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Pinch Pots

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Yesterday in sculpture and ceramics we tried creating pinch pots from clay. We were asked to experiment and see what we could come up with so that our pots were more than just a pot.

I decided to research a bit into Pinch pots and found THIS website which includes a presentation from Robyn Bican that covers areas such as texture and design elements from drawing.

I’ve included a simple guide to pinch pots below courtesy of Pinterest

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personally, I found it hard to work the clay as it was quite tough, it improved with the addition of water which helped stop it from drying out and cracking as I shaped the clay. However, I found it took a lot of upper body strength when shaping the clay.

I used Pinterest to look at other deigns and decided that i wanted to create a Cookie Monster Pinch Pot.

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The idea was to create a pinch pot, place it on its side and create 2 arms underneath it, one holding a cookie and use to balls of clay with small circular shapes indented into them for the eyes.

I also created a skull based pinch pot and that of one of a man, with a moustache and sticking out tongue.