Coil Project

Some History

  • Pottery is one of the oldest activities of human kind.
  • The Earliest Pots were hand-built, low fired, undercoated and made from reddish brown clay.
  • Some of the oldest forms of pottery were discovered in Japan 12,000 years ago.
  • In Mesopotamia between 6000 and 5000 BC, the use of a potter's wheel was used and considered more skilled than hand-building.
  • Ceramics arrived in America in the
  • 17th century


  • You will create a coil pot built on a poki pot.
  • The poki bowl will have shallow, sloping sides, and should be no higher than 2 inches.
  • A cereal bowl from home is often a good poki.
  • You will then use the coil method to take your bowl to a height of at least 6 inches.

Step Four

After every 1 or 2 coils, use a metal rib to smooth the sides of your pot, inside and out.


  • Be sure to look at your pot from the side to check symmetry.

  • Also, look down from the top to be sure the neck and rim are circular.
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