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Brian's Pottery Resources.

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The collage on the shop front is representative of the types of pottery demonstrated in the three tutorials and covered in detail by the projects available on the site. enjoy your clay modelling.

The collage on the shop front is representative of the types of pottery demonstrated in the three tutorials and covered in detail by the projects available on the site. enjoy your clay modelling.
Thumb pot elephant.
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Thumb pot elephant.

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Ten pages of easy to follow instructions. The animals and figures contained in these projects were developed over the years and have been used to introduce an important branch of clay modelling to students namely thumb pots or pinch pots. The figures are built up from simple shapes to which the students can relate, the base shape made using thumb pot techniques. Each project is demonstrated step by step as you work through the text, this is the technique we developed and found most effective in getting our message across over the years, and the objective of each step of the project is shown in the still photos. The step by step approach allows teachers to control the pace of the exercise, helping slower pupils at each stage and handing out the next piece of clay when all the pupils are ready. The most important sheet in each project is the ‘Worksheet’ which contains the weight of clay and the templates required to ensure the correct proportions of the models. Each project has an element of decision making and measurement built into the worksheet with self-expression encouraged in the decoration and design details applied to each model which becomes an individual creation. Enjoy your clay modelling. Brian.
Thumb Pot Angel.  Christmas model in clay.
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Thumb Pot Angel. Christmas model in clay.

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11 pages of information. The project provides detailed instructions on how to make and decorate the model shown above. There are step by step instructions to guide you through the modelling and each step is supported by a still photo of the required outcome of that stage. There is a worksheet provided which contains clay weight needed at each stage and templates to ensure the model is made to scale. In the process of the build I describe all the basic pottery skills needed to produce the model. Only simple tools are required, a wooden work surface, a stiff brush for slip, a plastic tool or knife for cutting the clay and a sharp pencil or pointed stick.
Slab Pot Build. Conical Angel.
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Slab Pot Build. Conical Angel.

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Slab pot conical angel. Sixteen pages of step by step instructions, useful for teachers and teaching assistants. Slab pot techniques producing a generic cone shaped figure. Tutorial style, step by step guide to learning basic techniques. Tools and equipment guidance is included and the worksheets contain complete details of the clay and templates needed to produce the model. All the information needed to produce a two to three hour lesson. Enjoy your clay modelling. Brian.
Badger model in clay.
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Badger model in clay.

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3D art, pottery, ceramics, clay models, 11 pages of detailed clay modelling instructions, supported by still photos at each stage leading you step by step to making the animal shown on the cover. Including a project sheet with clay weights and templates.
Life cycle of a butterfly.
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Life cycle of a butterfly.

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3d art, pottery, ceramics, clay modelling, 8 Pages of simple instructions supported by photos of the objective at each stage. Ideal topic for the Summer Term. Classroom activity covering both art and Science. Minimal resources required. Suitable for Early Years and Infants.
Clay modelling. Make a smiling cat.
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Clay modelling. Make a smiling cat.

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3D art, pottery, ceramics, clay models, Nine pages of clay modelling instructions, supported by still photos leading you step by step to making the animal shown on the cover. Including a project sheet with clay weights and templates.
Clay modelling. Make a dog.
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Clay modelling. Make a dog.

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Ten pages of detailed instructions. All our pottery figures were developed over the years and have been used to introduce basic clay modelling skills to school children of all ages. The figures are built up from simple shapes to which the students can relate. Each one of our projects is demonstrated step by step as you work through the text, this is the technique we developed and found most effective over the years, and the objective of each step of the project is shown in the still photos. The step by step approach allows teachers to control the pace of the exercise, helping slower pupils at each stage and handing out the next piece of clay when all the pupils are ready. The most important sheet in each project is the ‘Worksheet’ which contains the weight of clay and the templates required to ensure the correct proportions of the models. Each project has an element of decision making and measurement built into the worksheet with self-expression encouraged in the decoration and design details applied to each model which becomes an individual creation.
Beaver modelled in clay.
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Beaver modelled in clay.

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3D art, pottery, ceramics, clay models, Clay modelling instructions, supported by still photos leading you step by step to making the animal shown on the cover. Including a project sheet with clay weights and templates.
Thumb pot dog. Westie.
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Thumb pot dog. Westie.

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Thirteen pages of easy to follow instructions. The animals and figures contained in these projects were developed over the years and have been used to introduce an important branch of clay modelling to students namely thumb pots or pinch pots. The figures are built up from simple shapes to which the students can relate, the base shape made using thumb pot techniques. Each project is demonstrated step by step as you work through the text, this is the technique we developed and found most effective in getting our message across over the years, and the objective of each step of the project is shown in the still photos. The step by step approach allows teachers to control the pace of the exercise, helping slower pupils at each stage and handing out the next piece of clay when all the pupils are ready. The most important sheet in each project is the ‘Worksheet’ which contains the weight of clay and the templates required to ensure the correct proportions of the models. Each project has an element of decision making and measurement built into the worksheet with self-expression encouraged in the decoration and design details applied to each model which becomes an individual creation. Enjoy your clay modelling. Brian.
Make a Frog. Clay modelling.
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Make a Frog. Clay modelling.

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3D art, pottery, ceramics, clay models, Five pages. All our pottery figures were developed over the years and have been used to introduce basic clay modelling skills to school children of all ages. The figures are built up from simple shapes to which the students can relate. Each one of our projects is demonstrated step by step as you work through the text, this is the technique we developed and found most effective over the years, and the objective of each step of the project is shown in the still photos. The step by step approach allows teachers to control the pace of the exercise, helping slower pupils at each stage and handing out the next piece of clay when all the pupils are ready. The most important sheet in each project is the ‘Worksheet’ which contains the weight of clay and the templates required to ensure the correct proportions of the models. Each project has an element of decision making and measurement built into the worksheet with self-expression encouraged in the decoration and design details applied to each model which becomes an individual creation.
Clay modelling. Make a Rabbit.
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Clay modelling. Make a Rabbit.

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3D art, pottery, ceramics, clay models,Nine pages. All our pottery figures were developed over the years and have been used to introduce basic clay modelling skills to school children of all ages. The figures are built up from simple shapes to which the students can relate. Each one of our projects is demonstrated step by step as you work through the text, this is the technique we developed and found most effective over the years, and the objective of each step of the project is shown in the still photos. The step by step approach allows teachers to control the pace of the exercise, helping slower pupils at each stage and handing out the next piece of clay when all the pupils are ready. The most important sheet in each project is the ‘Worksheet’ which contains the weight of clay and the templates required to ensure the correct proportions of the models. Each project has an element of decision making and measurement built into the worksheet with self-expression is encouraged in the decoration and design details applied to each model which becomes an individual creation.
Pottery Tutorial Module 1. Basic Level Pottery Skills. Interactive videos, text and still pictures.
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Pottery Tutorial Module 1. Basic Level Pottery Skills. Interactive videos, text and still pictures.

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Designed for teachers who would like to introduce pottery skills into the classroom. Module 1. Basic Level skills suitable for Early Years, Nursery, K.S.1. The video clip illustrates the format of the demonstrations of each skill. Text and still photos enhanced by video demonstrations. Read the document which outlines the details and objective of each skill using the still photos of each step. Enhance your knowledge and skills by working through the step by step video demonstration of each skill and topic. Simply click on the link for that particular skill, each one is identified as follows BL.xx. Click on the link. Table of contents. Basic pottery skills. Simple creation and use of slip. Basic crosshatching. Joining with pressure, basic method. Add texture and details. Simple shapes. Roll clay into a smooth ball. Make egg shapes. Make a carrot shape. Make a sausage shape. Make a pancake shape. Make a point. Tools and work surface. Practice Project. Reinforce the skills by completing the practice project which follows the format used throughout the module. Enjoy you clay work. Brian. All copyrights reserved. B & M Potterycrafts 2017.
Pottery Tutorial. Module 2. Mid level pottery skills. Interactive videos, text and still pictures.
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Pottery Tutorial. Module 2. Mid level pottery skills. Interactive videos, text and still pictures.

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Helps teachers explore pottery room management skills and introduces slab pot skills. Module 2. General pottery skills. Creation and use of slip. Brushes. Slip Containers. Why should we weigh clay. Crosshatching. Basic. Crosshatching various. Apply pressure. Basic method. Joining with pressure. Press and slide. Investigate clay preparation. Smooth with finger pressure. Smoothing clay with tools. Cut clay with a knife. Mark clay in the middle. Cut clay at an angle. Templates and tools. Upright hedgehog. Practice project. Practice the skills demonstrated in the module, make the hedgehog shown in the collage by following the step by step interactive video demonstration.
Module 3. MC. More Complex pottery skills Interactive videos, text and still pictures
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Module 3. MC. More Complex pottery skills Interactive videos, text and still pictures

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Includes pottery room management. What can go wrong. What goes wrong. Don’t make it thin. Drying environment. Why it didn’t work and how to make it work. Wet to wet caterpillar. Dried clay caterpillar. Caterpillar made correctly. Caterpillar. Add a base. Compare the results. Good practice techniques. Apply slip in situ. Basic crosshatching. Apply pressure. Make it chunky. Snowman. Make a chunky mushroom. Add a base. Add a support. Tools and work surfaces. (Text and pics.) Make a round pig. This practice project is designed to recap and practice the skills outlined in this module. Create the model shown in the text by following step by step, easy to understand video instructions supported by still photos at each stage.