Clay workshop page
Clay Coil Pot Workshop


KS2 Art
National Curriculum: Primary Art.

Learning Objectives
Pupils should be taught: to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials

1. identify the materials used in the production of earthenware pottery
2. identify techniques used in producing clay forms
3. create a simple pot using the techniques outlined on the site.
4. decorating that form
5. realise that there are contemporary artists who create art as a living....understand the motivations behind the choice of art as a career
6. to review what they and others have done, say what they think and feel about it and what they might change

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Suggested Classroom Activity

The nine films show the key stages of a clay coil pot workshop which was delivered on one day by artist Mike Eden with a group of Year 6 pupils. Watch the clips and replicate the stages to produce simple or more complicated forms.

If the workshop is not completed in one session the clay needs to be covered by plastic to prevent it drying out and becoming unworkable. Allowing the clay to dry slightly can help the final polishing and tidying up of the pots. The materials used is real clay, either terracotta or grey earthenware clay is fine.

To make a permanent end product from this workshop the clay needs to throughly dry and be fired in a kiln. However we think the workshop works just as well using photography to record the finished pots. We are always keen to showcase those images in the Culture Street gallery so please send them to us

Video 1. Cut the clay


Video 2. Make a ball



Video 3. Squeeze and turn



Video 4. Making a coil


Video 5. Joining part one

Video 6. Joining part two

Video 7. Smoothing your pot

Video 8. Decorating the pot

Video 9. End product

Development Activity

Make a slip-decoarted plate using our interactive activity Slipdecorator
This activity shows liquid clay being chemically changed in a virtual kiln to reveal the pottery colours. You can deocrate the plates using, sponge, brishes, stamps and scraffitto tools but you can not undo. The virtual kiln takes 10 seconds to fire a simialr real kiln would take 3 days to get up to tempertaure and down to a level safe to open.

Research, Notes and Links
Nine films

Clay pot workshop page

Download lesson notes here

We now supply a kit that has all you need to deliver the clay workshop to a whole class. It includes a bag of clay, rolling pin, clay cutter and all the tools you will need to successfully replicate the activity in the videos. This kit includes real clay which to preserve permanently needs to be fired in a kiln. The workshop does not depend on access to a kiln and we envisage that the end product is the group photographed with their work.

Go to our shop to buy this kit