What a brilliant start to our pottery journey, all the children had an amazing first week! The children all made an owl piece of pottery and had a go at making a bowl on the potter’s wheel. Andy started by showing us how to make a ‘pinch pot’, which is a small bowl shape made by pinching the thumb and fingers into the clay to mould out the bowl shape. We then put together 2 similar sized pinch pots to make a hollow sphere. This is because solid lumps of clay that are too big, cannot go into the kiln. This sphere made the body of our owls.The children then added facial features and wings using their hands to mould smaller bits of clay into the correct shapes. Some children chose to roll out the clay flat, and cut the shapes out from there instead. We could then use tools such as trimming knives (plastic) and even things like toothbrushes to add detail and texture to our owls. This was very effective for detailing feathers and eyes. Andy then showed us how to use the potter’s wheel, how to control the speed with the pedal and how to hold our hands in order to shape the clay in different ways. Once shown and after having a practice, the children then helped each other by making sure enough water was being used and the wheel was going at the correct speed for the task. When asked to rate the afternoon from 1-5 they all said 5! We are looking forward to going again next week. One child even had some tears of joy, as she had enjoyed it so much.