One popular technique when constructing pottery is the coiling technique. Here is a simply overview of how to construct a pot using this technique.
- Squeezing the clay into a coil or rolling between your hands are two ways to make coils. This technique can be difficult to make a smooth, round coil because of the uneven pressure from your hands and fingers.
- When hand rolling coils, use a smooth surface, spreading your hands to apply even pressure. Gently roll the clay back and forth.
- Roll the coils so that they are a little thicker than a pencil, then stack the coils one on top of another.
- For strength, force the clay together on the inside of the piece. Use you finger and scrape the top coil onto the coil underneath it.
- When smoothing out the inside of the piece, hold your other hand on the outside so you do not damage what you have completed already.
- If you want the top level, gently turn your piece over and lightly tap it on a smooth surface.
- When you are finished with your piece, let it dry slowly: the grooves in the piece are weak spots and if they dry too quickly they will crack.