How to make a coil pot is extremely easy for kids. In fact, your kids probably already know the basic technique of making a coil (snake).
Coil pottery dates back a long time ago. This technique was used to build higher and stronger walls. It also has it’s own beautifully unique look.
We used Red Amaco Mexican Pottery for the clay (but you can use anything, Play-Doh even works). It’s a little messy but air dries hard.
How To Make A Coil Pot Step By Step
1. Cut or rip a chunk of clay off. The size of clay you break off will determine the size of pot your kid will make.
2. Roll the clay out into long snake.
3. Making a coil (or snake shape) is easiest if you start in the middle and work your way out to the ends.
4. The diameter of the coil is up to you or your kids. Thicker coils won’t break as easy, but longer coils are more fun to work with. We used a diameter close to half an inch.
5. Once you’ve made the coil, begin making your pot. Start by making a spiral or snail shell shape. This first part will be the bottom of your pot.
6. After you’ve made a good size bottom to your pot, begin building the walls. Do this by spiraling upwards.
7. Be sure the coils are pressed together, so they’ll stay in place.
8. That’s it, that’s how to make a coil pot! Now, just let it dry.
Another technique used in making coil pots, is blending. This gives the pot a smooth finish. It’s really up to you on what style you (or your kids) prefer.
Other resources on how to make a coil pot
How to make a coil pot for older kids, and advanced potters.
A brief explanation of why coils were used in pottery.