Using air-dry clay, the 5th graders designed their own pinch or coil pot.  After drying, the pots were sealed and then students painted them as the final touch..

Here’s the process they used:

Step 1: Roll a Ball of Clay Air-dry clay is very cool! It’s easy to work with and doesn’t require oven baking or firing in a kiln.

Step 2: Pinch Your Pot   Pinch pots are super fun and easy to make! They are a great alternative to making a pot on a wheel. Flatten the top of your ball of clay. Insert your thumb into the center of the clay.

Step 3:  Smooth it out Carefully flip your pot over and place it on a clean surface. Dip your finger in a bit of water and smooth out your clay

       Student Work:


Step 4:  Dry Air-dry clay will harden within 24-48 hours, depending on your climate.

Step 5: Varnish  Air-dry clay is not waterproof! If you would like to use it for a planter, you need to seal it so water won’t seep through.

Step 6: Paint Your Pot  Painting is my favorite part! Air-dry clay absorbs the paint quickly, making a nice flat-looking surface.  

Final Product: