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Art Week 2022 at Banana Island School: Handbuilding in Pottery




Learning the Basics.

Our Key Stage 2 children began their pottery classes for the week learning some techniques for handbuilding with clay, a fundamental skill in pottery making.

Handbuilding is working with clay by hand using only simple tools instead of a pottery wheel. You can either build by coiling, pinching or slab building. With experience using these methods, a potter can make any object out of clay.

It is said that the renowned potter, Dr Ladi Kwali - our focus for the week - made her pots from stoneware clay using the traditional free-hand modelling technique, a technique that she perfected.

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