At the beginning of Ceramics I, this project is used to introduce one of the three hand building methods. This is also an excellent project for Ceramics II as a way to refresh their memory about how to work with clay.
This is the PowerPoint that I show to both Ceramics classes as a basic reminder of how to create a pinch pot and what we are looking for. It includes the Grade Level Expectations (GLE), grading rubric, basic instruction, and final grade break down. In addition to a PowerPoint, I provide students with a half sheet hand out that reminds them of what is expected throughout the lesson. In addition to a list of expectations, students are also provided with a sheet that breaks down the grading for each aspect on a scale of 0 – 3 or exceeding standards, meeting expectations standards, approaching standards, and not meeting standards. Students are asked to evaluate their own project and then have a oral critique with the teacher. As a part of this self critique, students have to write out what expectations were and if they think that they met them. It provides a chance for students to show concerns, or things they thought went well with this project.
Ceramics II is considered to be more advanced so instead of creating just 1 pinch pot, they are required to make a series of pinch pots. These pinch pot will be graded harder then Ceramics I and they will need a foot.