Coil Challenge The coil technique was developed as a means of creating larger, symmetrical forms without using a wheel. Often coils are added to a wheel-thrown form to add to its existing height. Coils can be used to create complex or simple shapes that may be difficult or impossible to create on a wheel.
Ancient cultures used coils to create everyday wares, such as cooking pots, garden pots, perfume or oil jars. Many cultures also created forms used specifically for celebrations or rituals, like a serving dish for a feast, a musical instrument, or a funerary urn. The surface decoration on the pottery tells a story of the culture it came from.
If your coil pot was found 100 years from now, how would it represent your culture? How will you use surface decoration to enhance the overall form of your pot, as well as incorporate modern patterns and imagery into your project?
Create a coiled form focusing on symmetry and balance: focus on craftsmanship and neatness as well
Decorate the surface using sgraffito or the coils themselves: create a surface that tells a story or shares something with the viewer
Focus on excellent studio habits: showing up on time, working throughout each class, doing studio jobs thoroughly
Design your coil pot below. Create a sketch of the form of your coil pot, then color in the surface showing how you will decorate the form.
Sketches due Monday 3/29