Last fall when I came back to the studio after a few year hiatus, the instructor, Lori Leaumont taught me how to make these awesome little pinch pot birds. Best 10 minute pottery project ever!!
Pinch pots are simple hand-built pottery forms. They all start with a ball of clay and beginning with pressing a thumb into the ball, you can pinch the clay into a variety of different shapes, cups, bowls, or in this case, birds. Since the shaping on these birds actually creates a hollow in the center, a small ball of crumpled paper is inserted before closing the form to keep the shape from collapsing in on itself. During firing, the heat of the kiln magically burns away to nothing.