Pinch Pot Pumpkins… and a Ghost

We took the classic pinch pot a step further and shaped our pots into spheres (I’ll admit that I helped quite a bit with this step) then “carved” them like pumpkins. A toothpick or pencil works well for the little ones to draw the face onto the clay. Then a grown up can use a sharp exacto knife (keep out of kid’s reach) to cut the kid’s design into the clay.

Pinch Pot Pumpkins and Ghost

The same idea can be used to make a little ghost too. My little punkins look kind of boring next to William’s toothy pumpkin–love that silly grin and lopsided eyes.

Clay Pumpkin

A quick pinch pot tutorial:  First help them form a ball of clay (keep it small for their little hands) then demonstrate how to press into the center with your thumb while rotating the ball and pinching as you go. When we get going on these, my kids like to make one after the other… it is a wonderfully satisfying project.

Making Clay Pinch Pots with kids
Remember, it’s about the process… not the finished product. And look how much fun my 4 year old has during this wild finger-waving process with a pinch pot covering her pointer finger. She couldn’t stop giggling or wiggling

Thanks to my artist Mom, we used real clay for this (but it would be fun to try with Sculpey). I’m not sure if they’ll be glazed and fired in time for Halloween so I thought I’d share now.

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