If you make a rather large pot then crumple up some newspaper and place it in the hole. Then turn your pot over and start on your creation. We've been studying Durer's The Hare for about a week so we were going to make rabbits. We made long legs, ear, and a bunny tail. The kids used forks to try and scrap at the clay to add a fur looking type of texture.
Our Art lesson Wednesday was making Pinch Pots. The recipe is easy, mix together
1 cup of flour
1/2 c salt
3 tbsp oil
1/2 c water
add in a few drops of food coloring if you wish.
It's a bit like the dough for the Salt Maps, but this kind is bakeable...is that a word? After you let your creations dry for 3 days just pop it in a preheated 350 degree oven and cook it for 45 minutes. If you've got a really thick creation you might want to let it cook a little longer. If it's a thinner, smaller masterpiece then maybe a bit shorter. Just keep an eye on it.
Start by making a big ball out of a good amount of clay. Place it on a flat surface and press your thumb into the middle of the ball. Then slowly pinch the walls of the dough so they begin to thin out and up.
Oh, before I forget, once you get ready to bake your project make sure you take the newspaper stuffing out of the pot area so you don't catch anything on fire.