Pottery Video of the Week: Basic Doesn’t Have to Mean Boring – Pretty Organic Forms from Simple and Complex Pinch Pots

Dennise Buckley assembles a two-part pinch pot.

Dennise Buckley assembles a two-part pinch pot.

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 Harnetty, editor.

 


 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

  • 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! 🙂

  • 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! 🙂

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

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

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

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

  • 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…

  • 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!!

  • 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!!

  • 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! 🙂

  • 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! 🙂

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

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

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

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

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