Basic Doesn’t Have to Mean Boring – Pretty Organic Forms from Simple and Complex Pinch Pots

Pinch pots are the first introduction into working with clay for many people because they are probably the most accessible ceramic technique there is. You don’t need any fancy equipment – just your hands! But that doesn’t mean pinch pots are boring. If you’re after a nice, organic look, pinch pots are a wonderful option. But I have also seen some beautiful, refined pinch pots in my day.

In today’s video, an excerpt from the DVD A Potters Progress, Dennise Buckley shares some pointers on making strong pinch pots. She not only gives an overview of the very basic technique, but demonstrates how it can be taken farther to make more complex forms. In her example, she makes a sculptural form influenced by the seed capsule of a poppy. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.


 

This clip was excerpted from A Potters Progress, with Dennise Buckley, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Network Shop!

**First published in 2009
Comments
  • The simplicity is so wonderful and inspirational. Thank you.

  • The simplicity is so wonderful and inspirational. Thank you.

  • Diann A.

    Had sound the second time trying. Nice video. Thanks.

  • Diann A.

    Had sound the second time trying. Nice video. Thanks.

  • Lovely to see the final form taking shape..I’m a little confused though as to the uses of these… would you cut an opening in the top to use as a vase/container or are they more of a sculpture (or can they be either?) Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Lovely to see the final form taking shape..I’m a little confused though as to the uses of these… would you cut an opening in the top to use as a vase/container or are they more of a sculpture (or can they be either?) Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Janie J.

    I have been wanting to sculpt some little birds and was unsure how to go about it. It think this would work perfectly! Thanks for the excellent video!!

  • Janie J.

    I have been wanting to sculpt some little birds and was unsure how to go about it. It think this would work perfectly! Thanks for the excellent video!!

  • Ecira S.

    Cheryl, she stuck a dried weed/seed pod (or two or three…) in through the top. Enough of a hole for the air to escape…

  • Ecira S.

    Cheryl, she stuck a dried weed/seed pod (or two or three…) in through the top. Enough of a hole for the air to escape…

  • Clara E.

    I love the putting two pinch pots together. I teach children this technique to make piggy banks, dinosaur banks, etc.
    Thanks for showing it!

  • Clara E.

    I love the putting two pinch pots together. I teach children this technique to make piggy banks, dinosaur banks, etc.
    Thanks for showing it!

  • Cheryl M.

    don’t you have to pierce a hole somewhere in the pinchpots (joined together) to allow air to escape when firing??

  • Cheryl M.

    don’t you have to pierce a hole somewhere in the pinchpots (joined together) to allow air to escape when firing??

  • Christine P.

    In ceramics classes, I start with pinch pots. I love seeing, and being able to show, that it’s a basic technique, not a JUST a beginner technique.
    Thanks for this post! More ‘ammunition’ to counter the excuses that they’ve already learned that! πŸ™‚

  • Christine P.

    In ceramics classes, I start with pinch pots. I love seeing, and being able to show, that it’s a basic technique, not a JUST a beginner technique.
    Thanks for this post! More ‘ammunition’ to counter the excuses that they’ve already learned that! πŸ™‚

  • Francine L.

    Very nice, very organic pinched pots. I am hooked on pinched pots.
    francine

  • Francine L.

    Very nice, very organic pinched pots. I am hooked on pinched pots.
    francine

  • Pascale D.

    oups! .. .learninG of course

  • Pascale D.

    oups! .. .learninG of course

  • Kim M.

    I really enjoyed watching this pinch pot morph into the finished form!

  • Kim M.

    I really enjoyed watching this pinch pot morph into the finished form!

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