Tuesday, April 17, 2012

3rd grade coil pots, first load (+sneaky stitchery)

So, the first coil pots just came out of the glaze firing and they are a glorious green!  We have very limited glaze left this late in the year, so we are only glazing the exteriors in order to make it go around.  I am also combining some colors that were in low amounts to create a few experimental mystery colors!  We'll see how those turn out. : )  I will post more pics after the next few loads.  In the meantime, here are a few production shots, as well as a sneak peek at our stitchery in the very early stages. 

rolling a coil

forming a bottle shape

creating a spiral coil

different silhouettes and coiling techniques



Time to get the ole Yarn Barn out of the closet

This student is using a small folded paper as a threader.  My friend Fran taught me this at a workshop last fall and it may be the coolest, handiest thing I've ever learned.  If you are like me and don't know more than the basics about sewing, you can easily thread thick fibers by placing them into a skinny folded paper strip and pulling it through the eye of the needle.  GENIUS!!!

beginning the running stitch for our samplers

We made these last year with no hoops - it was fun, but this is SO MUCH EASIER!!!!  Hoops are usually less than $1 each, so it's a great investment and I know I'll use them over and over.  More soon to come!


  1. Oh, man, I love these, Hope! My 3rd grade kids just finished up their coil pots and I feel like I should have limited their colors (I let them go to town). How do you tell them they get one color? I'm not very commanding when it comes to limitations!

  2. Laura, it's much easier to limit the color choice when you have hardly any glaze left to begin with - ha! I miscalculated my order and ran out too soon... but even when I do have more in supply, I never let them use more than 1 color for coil pots because it enhances the patterns. They whine a little at first, but they are always happy with the results. Thanks for the comment!

  3. I am short on glaze too... happens every time at the end of the year!
    Love the needle threading tip! Thanks for sharing.
    Can't wait to see the finished textile pieces:)

  4. I agree- 1 colour for coil pots looks much better. I've let kids in the past go to town with multiple colours and it just ends up competing with the already complex patterns of the coils.
    I like your yarn storage box-- did you make that yourself? Great tip about the hoops- a sewing/embroidery project has always been on my 'to-teach' list, but I've never attempted it as I'm not that confident in it myself! Someday...

  5. The box is sold at Dick Blick and it comes filled with yarn. I am a self-taught embroiderer and weaver- I never took any coursework in it- but basically taught myself from great Internet findings. I highly recommend buying some hoops and tapestry needles and giving it a try with some basic stitches. The kids rave about it and I never hear more exclamations of "this is FUN!" I start them off with a few pics oF American samplers from the 1600's. I am excited to share the results soon...

  6. Hey Hope,
    I meant to ask you how you have the kids apply the glaze....

  7. For these, we used brushes. Sometimes we use the pouring method, but here we just used soft round watercolor brushes.

  8. The pots are adorable. We're curious what products you use? We're also looking for teachers to provide input to our product line. If you'd like to participate let me know.

  9. I would definitely be interested in participating, and I have often used Amaco glazes. These glazes are a mish-mash of what I had left and could beg, steal or borrow. Please email your info to me @ knighth@fultonschools.org. I also just posted a new pic today of my overfilled clay closet - it's a happy mess!

  10. What type of needle did you use and fabric?

    1. In this post we used a few different woven cottons. I recommend muslin if you have a sharp needle like a chenille needle. If you have a dull needle, an open weave works best, like burlap.


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