Today's ‘At Home Art’ we are going to look at how to create pinch pots and coil pots from clay. I will also share some links as to how you can harvest your own natural clay from ditches and rivers around you. Temiskaming Shores is filled with great clay deposits and once you know what to look for I am sure you will find success. The first video tutorial teaches you how to make a basic pinch pot. This is a great place to start and can act as a base for a number of different clay sculptures. You can take your pinch pot to the next level by adding simple relief carvings, varying the silhouette or adding features to create a basic sculpture. For instance this pinch pot fish.
Another method you may like to try is using coils. This video teaches you how to make your very own coil pot. Again this can become the base for a multitude of different sculptures. YouTube is a great source for video tutorials and inspiration and these are just a few options to get you started. The last two links that I will be sharing teach you how to find and process natural clay. The processing method can be a tedious one however if you are not planning on firing your clay you can simply work with what you dig up just the way it is. So go ahead and get your hands dirty with some natural clay pottery!
Have a great day folks.
Sincerely; Your friendly neighbourhood art gallery.