As I have mentioned plenty of times, we have a great elementary art teacher group in our district. We have worked hard to share ideas and meet on a regular basis. In our last meeting the conversation of pinch pots came up because it is a 1st grade requirement through out our district. It was discussed that some students always make the rim too thin. One of my co workers casually said, 'Well the kids have already made the pot twice before they even touch the clay.' I thought about Bill's comment a bit and then looked at our share site where we place lessons. Bill had a pinch pot lesson on the site. It is simple and to the point and made all the difference this year. He brings them visually through the pinch pot method with the image below. Then, he give them 'air clay' (pretend) and they make an invisible pot. Finally, they make the pot from clay. Hummm, Bill was right! Way right! I paired this up with the '5 ways to get to know your clay' and it was a pretty rock'n lesson. So to you Bill… THANK!