construct a coil pot

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Some people make pottery for a living. They will make bowls, dishes, home décor and many other ceramic Items. Other people make pottery for the fun of it. Creating a shape, making a mess and just simply doing it for a stress reliever. Some may think it is easy, but there is a lot more to it then meets the eye. Pottery can come as a challenge to most, to some people it may flow naturally. Pottery takes skill, patience and also involves many steps. Which is why it is so enjoyable. This manual will guide you to build a clay vessel out of clay coils.

Materials and Tools Needed:

In Order to successfully complete a coiled hand made vessel you will need the following items to demonstrate this project. The majority is needed, the paintbrush is recommended.
• Sketch book
• Pencil
• Card board
• Box cutter razor blade
• Ruler
• 3lbs. of Stoneware Cone 6 clay
• Flat steel smoothing tool
• 1 Cup of water
• Gladware Container
• Kiln or Oven
• Rolling pin
• Needle tool
• Mathematical Compass
• Soft stone
• Vegetable oil
• Blender
• Paintbrush *
• Toilet paper
• Tin can


There are approximately 3 steps in making a coil vessel. There are 16 steps in total.

• Preparatory process
• Making the vessel process
• Finishing the vessel


Preparatory Process

In the prepping process you will begin to draw out vessel shapes on paper (up to ten). You will then choose a shape and draw the chosen one on cardboard. Then you will simply cut the shape out.

Making the Vessel Process

In making the vessel process you will roll out clay. You will cut the bottom shape (depending on vase shape). You will then roll clay to form coils. Then proceed to layer the coils in shape of the vase you chose. Put slurry into ...

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3. When you’ve completed the final burnishing step, you will wrap your vase in two layers of toilet paper; the toilet paper is used to set off carbon that turns the clay vessel into a dark black. Then when ready set it in your enclosed tin can.

4. You will place the tin can in the kiln between 572⁰ and 1470⁰F for a total of 15 to 17 hours.

5. Once your piece is finished you can use it as your own decoration, or as a trophy to show that you completed your first pottery-making lesson.


In order to be successful in pottery making you must be focused on your task and have plenty of patience. You will have to pay attention to your hands. You will mess up a couple of times here and there, but in order to move on to the next step it takes learning from that mistake. When you have finished this challenge you will feel great and very accomplished.