First I had the kids watch this you tube video to get us started:
|Kids decided to make a single pot. I bought a dry white modeling clay to use as I couldn't find wet clay in our area but I probably haven't found the right location yet as I am still getting my bearings.|
|We used pieces of flint to make the markings in the clay as this is the tool the ancient peoples would have used.|
|Kids rolling out their clay|
|Making their marking into the clay and adding the rings|
|our finished pot. this clay doesn't smooth as well as wet clay would have but it gave the children the idea|
|The wet clay smooths a lot better than the modeling clays we had used days before|
|Showing part coils and part smooth sides, but the kids wanted the pot to be taller|
|so I added a few more coils to get the proper height|
|The dried version, I only had time to smooth the outside of the pot. However this process showed the kids how the indians would have made a coil pot which was my goal.|
We waited for the pots to dried and then filled both pots up with water. The white clay pot leaked water everywhere while the smooth wet clay pot did not leak water. This helped the kids to see why it was important that the clay be smoothed out before firing.
Next step is for the children to paint their pots and display them in our new classroom!
|Firedrake got out a piece of flint stone and rewet her pot and etched several animals into her pot|
|end result for MarioFan|
|And for Firedrake|