Pinch Pot is a technique being a simple form of hand-made pottery produced from ancient times to the present. The pinching method is to create pottery that can be ornamental or functional, and has been widely employed across cultures and times. It consist in pinching clay until you give form to something. To create this project I drew some sketches to have an idea, I did the process on the wet clay, I of course waited for it to get dry and get bisque, and then I glazed it and got fire again to have the final result.
First, as mentioned previously, I drew some sketches to have an idea of what my project will look like. As you can see in the image, I wanted to try a flower. It was my first time working with clay and I wanted to make a decorative piece that would not be that complicated because I wanted to experiment and get to know the material better.
After this step, I started working on the clay using the pinch pot method.
Getting used to the material was still complicated to me. I had to learn how to wedge it, that I needed to add water to it to keep it wet, and that I needed to cover it on plastic so that it would not get dry. After all, I could manage to create something that could look nicely on the clay, better than I would expect. The final form on the wet clay looked like the photo below this paragraph.
After this step, I had to wait for it to get dry (stoneware) and then I could fire it on the kiln (bisque). Which is shown below.
Then, I had to add the glazes which are a combination of chemicals well mixed with glass. They have different colors, and this is how you add color and that shiny effect to ceramic pieces.
After glazing, the pieces get fired again, and this is how my flower ended up looking like.
In conclusion, what I learned about ceramics was that it is a long process, as previously mentioned, the technique on the wet clay, waiting for it to get dry, firing it, then add the glazes, fire again, and then you will have your final result. In this piece I also learned that glazing can be difficult. And I could see it because on the left petal of my piece you can see the stoneware color, the glaze kept running and that part of the flower did not get covered really well.