|How to Make a Coil Pot
1.Before you get started, mix a little clay and water together in
a container. Stir it until it is nice and slimy. This gooey mixture
is called slip.
2. It sounds backwards, but to make a coil pot, you start from the
bottom. Pat a piece of clay into a round flat disc about as thick
as a pencil. Try to make it as perfectly round as you can. You
can trace around the bottom of a glass if you need help forming
the clay into a round shape. Make your base at least three inches
3. Now you're ready to start making the coils that you will use
to build the pot from the bottom up. Roll out a long piece of
clay so that it looks like a skinny sausage. It should be about
as thick as your little finger. Try not to roll it so long that
it gets dry and cracked. If it does, smooth on a little water
with your fingers.
4. Use a pin tool or the tip of a sharp pencil to score the edges
of your base. When you score the clay, you use your tool to scratch
marks in it. Be careful not to dig all the way to the bottom.
5. Brush some slip over the marks on the edges of the base. Then
score the bottom of you coil.
6.Press the coil around the edge of the base to start the walls
of your pot. Curve it around until it overlaps at the end. You
can see how to overlap the coil in the coil pot demo.
7. When you have the coil in place, score the top, and add some
8. Roll out a new sausage of clay. Find the place where the first
coil stopped, then press the new one down on top of it. When you
get to the end, score the top. Then add slip and make yourself
9. Keep adding new coils until your pot is as tall as you want it
to be. You can smooth the sides with your fingers if you don't
want the coils to show.
10. There are several ways to decorate your pot when you've finished
shaping it. You can carve designs in it with a pin tool or pencil;
you can press sea shells, or other objects around the house to
make patterns in the sides. To finish your pot you will need to
read the directions that came with your clay. Some store bought
clay can be baked in the oven and then painted with ordinary acrylic
paint. Other types of clay can be air dried, or may need to be
fired in a kiln.
Now that you know how to make a basic coil pot, you can experiment
with different shapes and sizes. Just remember - the most important
rule for making coil pots is to have fun!