We began our new class creating paper mache pottery this past week.
Participants learned about basic paper folding methods as well as various methods of building pottery.
Materials are very simple to begin with: newspaper and masking tape.
Learning how to create a coil out of paper is very similar to creating a coil out of clay….only with a different medium.
The next step is to learn how to roll up the coil to create the base of the pot.
Just like regular pottery, paper mache pottery is a very hands-on project.
Coiling is a method of creating pottery. This method has been used in a variety of ways. Using the coiling technique, it is possible to build thicker or taller walled vessels, which may not have been possible using earlier methods. The technique permits control of the walls as they are built up and allows building on top of the walls to make the vessel look bigger and bulge outward or narrow inward with less danger of collapsing.
Next week we will begin the process of building the pottery after creating many coils.