1. Teacher will teach and demonstrate the 3 hand building methods of clay (Pinch, Slab, and Coil). (15 min)
2. Teacher will teach and demonstrate the 3 methods for attaching clay (Score, Slip, and Blend). (15 mins)
3. Teacher will allow students to practice each of the methods above (15 minutes).
End of session 1
A: Teacher will walk through each of the following steps with the students (30-45 mins) (Hand out visual instructions to students who want them)
1. Roll a ball of clay about the size of a golf ball, or how ever big you want your whistle. Form ball into a pinch pot (keeping walls 1/4 -1/2 inch thick).
2. Roll out a slab of clay. trace the opening of the pinch pot onto the slab of clay and cut out this shape.
3. Score, slip, and blend the slab and the pinch pot together. This should form something that looks like a turtle shell.
4. Form and connect a rectangular piece of clay (3/4" x 3/4" x 1 "). This will be the mouth piece (refer to drawn instructions). You should now have an igloo form. Turn the igloo shape upside down so the slab is on top.
5. Push a popsicle stick through the mouth piece and into the hollow cavity. Push the popsicle stick up until you feel it rest on the slab. Remove the stick.
6. Refer to image 9 in drawings - push the popsicle stick through the top slab (this new hole should connect at the same point where the last hole ended in the mouth piece. The stick should butt up against the wall of the pinch pot.
7. Wiggle the stick back and forth until the opening is about 1/4 of an inch). Remove stick.
8. Push the stick through the mouth piece opening again (drawing 11). Using needle tool, pierce and cut the opening (the side furthest away from the mouth piece).This cut should be at a 45 degree angle. Try not to make the opening int the slab much bigger than 1/4"
9. Flip your form back over so it is in the igloo positing. Try to blow air through the mouth piece. If it does not make a whistling sound you will need to trouble shoot to resolve the issue (see drawing under the troubleshooting title).
10. Once you get the whistles to work each student can carve a design into their whistle (not too deep).
End of session 2.
Session 3 and 4 - Student construct their own whistles. (45 minutes for each session).
Student will work independently to construct 2 whistles (one each day). One whistle can be simple with a carved design, the other must be different - in the shape of an animal or with additional holes to create different notes, etc.
Glaze or paint your whistles once fired.
Here is a video that explains the clay whistle process and some troubleshooting tips