Working in clay with first to fifth graders…through Santa Monica’s CREST Enrichment program, at Santa Monica Public Schools…after school.
We started with pinch pots.
and then moved on to coil pots, using small balls of clay to roll the coils,
and spiral them into the bottom of the pot.
Some chose to smooth out their coils, so that the beginning or bottom of their vessel looked like a slap, or flattened piece of clay upon which curving coil walls could be built.
As more coils were added and gently pinched together, the pots grew.
Focused work for busy hands.
Here a group at another school creates faces carved, incised or built upon slabs of clay “gently pounded” into flat slabs, a second experience with slab technique, now combining slabs and coils.
The clay, magical earth, which rocks and rolls, and finds expression, or gives it, to the young makers.