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Last week our Mini Makers class (4-6 year olds) made some clay pinch pots. I have never done this project with such a young group and was so impressed with how well they did.
The pinch pot is a classic intro-level clay project. You simply start with a ball of clay, press your thumb inside to create a small hole, and then continue to pinch with your thumb inside, turning it around like a steering wheel, until you have a small pot. You can use the surface of the table to tap the top and bottoms to make it level.
I found this great visual explanation on Mini Matisse.
I don’t have a kiln, so we used air dry clay instead. After forming the pots, I provided pony beads, jewels, and sequins for the students to press into the clay and bedazzle their creations.
I love how the little pots each have their own personality.
Now that the clay has hardened, I plan on sealing them by painting on a coat of clear varnish on each pot.
A great picture book to read with this project is The Pot that Juan Built. I worried my little folks would find the repetition in the book a bit tedious (because I think that when I’m reading aloud), but they were super into it. It follows the process of creating a clay pot, from finding the clay underground to baking it in a fire. And I love that it features a real ceramic artist from Mexico, Juan Quezada.
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