Posted by: dbjaquith | January 4, 2014

Pukis and Pottery

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Students stretch and explore new techniques for artmaking with clay.

Students stretch and explore new techniques for artmaking with clay.

Traditional pueblo potters use a puki as a base to form clay coils into pottery. http://www.artsmia.org/world-ceramics/hopi_seedjar/made.html

Ms. Beaty assists as a student removes the plastic lining.

Ms. Beaty assists as a student removes the plastic lining.

After seeing this done in New Mexico last summer, I purchased some small bowls to use in Franklin’s art program. Students line the bowl with a plastic bag and build up the walls of their pottery using coils around the inside of the bowl. When the coils reach the top of the mold, the bag is pulled out and removed. Students carefully separate their clay piece from the plastic and continue working on their pottery to the desired size. After the clay is completely dry, it is fired in our kiln. Then students paint glaze over the surface of their pottery and it is refired, resulting in beautiful functional ceramic artwork.

 

The kiln is loaded with glazes pieces going through a second firing.

The kiln is loaded with glazes pieces going through a second firing.


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