Coiling

Coiling is a ceramics technique where the clay is rolled in to cylinders (coils) and bent to fit a desired shape. The coils are then stacked on top of each other.

Functional Skills Assignment: Create a vessel with a changing width (not a cylinder)

Sculptural Assignment: Create an historically inspired vessel with contemporary components

Research Suggestions: Historical vessels and forms, modern and contemporary designs

Written Component: Explain how your modern or contemporary components conflict with or complement the original historical form.

Creating A Coil Pot

 

1) Roll out a slab and cut a round shape.

2) Roll out even coils between a 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch thick.

3) Wrap the coil around into the shape of the slab and set it on top of the slab.

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4) Continue this process adding more and more coils. DO NOT LINE UP THE SEEMS. Coil seems should overlap like a brick wall. If you want the pot to expand out make the coils long and rest them on the outside half of the one below.

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5) Join the coils to each other and the base with your finger or slip.

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6) If you want the pot to narrow, make the coils shorter and add them to the inside half of the one below.

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Be sure to continue joining the coils to the ones below until finished. Keep the pot wet by wrapping it in wet towels and a bag. The pot should begin to slowly dry from the bottom up. Too wet and it will collapse. Too dry and you can not join the coils together.