Introduce your kiddos to simple pottery, and make your own homemade coil pots! Super easy from start to finish these coil pots are perfect for a hands-on art and craft activity. Make your own clay pottery and learn about the origin of coil pots. We love simple art projects for kids!
HOW TO MAKE COIL POTS
Pottery is one of the oldest forms of art. People made pots out of clay, using only their hands for many thousands of years before the pottery wheel was invented. It was one of the first ways people used to store food and beverages.
The creation of coil pottery is believed to have begun in Central Mexico around 2,000 BC. Coil pots are made by stacking and joining long coils of clay, one on top of the other. Early historical coil pots have been found across the globe.
Make your own colorful coil pots below with our easy to follow instructions. If you have any leftover clay at the end of it, why not try our slime with clay recipe!
We used colored modeling clay we had bought for our clay pot below. Alternatively, you can make your own clay with our easy air dry clay recipe.
- Various colors of modeling clay
STEP 1: Roll a small amount of clay into a ball and then roll out the clay into a long ‘coil’ or snake.
STEP 2: Make several coils. Use multiple colors if you like.
STEP 3: Roll one snake into a circle (see photos for example). This coil will make the bottom of your pot.
STEP 4: Coil the remaining pieces on top of the edge of your first circle/bottom coil.
STEP 5: Add more coils up the side of your pot until it is the height you want.
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