A few years ago I worked at a pottery studio and taught all ages the art of pottery, for the younger children we would start with a simple “pinch pot” project, which was just forming a pot by pinching the clay with your fingers into a pot shape. Simple, right?! I always liked to see the results of the 3-5 year olds and the unique and organic shapes that would result. I decided I would create my own version of this but add a bold color block and plant to finish off a more grown-up look.
I think they would make such a nice favor for a wedding or dinner party, maybe personalize the pot with the guest name on a flag sticking out of the pot. Pinch pots would make a perfect vessel for tiny trinkets like a place to put your ring or, lucky penny or… bobby pins, which I always manage to lose.
DIY Pinch Pot
- Oven Bake Clay
- Rolling pin
- Exact-o knife/or any knife will do
- Parchment paper
- acrylic paint/paint brush
Line your table surface with parchment paper, begin rolling out your clay with rolling-pin, you will want to keep the thickness at an Oreo cookie height (anything thinner will cause your pottery to not be strong). When you have your desired size spread out, begin pinch up the size to create walls, carefully start to round out a circular center, and smooth out any wrinkles. When you are done forming your shape, follow the instructions of your clay. Typically, it is 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow your piece to cool down, when it is cool you can paint your piece.