Pinch Pot Rubric and Assessment

In this project you learned the ins and outs of creating both flared and closed pinch pots.

Goal: Create two glazed pinch pots.
Your pots must:
• Demonstrate your ability to create both an “open” mouth and a “closed” mouth
• Have evenly pinched walls that are no more than 3/8 inch thick
• Demonstrate a carefully planned and pressed or inscribed all-over texture.
• Demonstrate careful attention to craftsmanship, with no evident cracks or crumbs
• Have your name or stamp on the bottom
• Be thoughtfully and carefully glazed
• Be drawn in your sketchbook

Pinching Techniques (Technical Assessment)
Execution / Production
Exceeds the Standard • Pinch pot walls and floor are an even thickness.
• Pinch pot walls and floor are no thicker than 3/8 inch.
• There is a very carefully applied overall texture on the outside of your pot.
• Your name, initials, or stamp imprint is on the bottom, identifying your piece.
• Care, control, and quality craftsmanship is obvious and superior.
• Your two pots have been very carefully drawn in your sketchbook, which is accompanying this sheet.

Meets the Standard • Pinch pot walls and floor are close to an even thickness.
• Pinch pot walls and floor are no thicker than ½ inch.
• There is a carefully applied texture on the outside of your pot.
• Your name, initials, or stamp is on the bottom, identifying your piece.
• Care, control, and quality craftsmanship has clearly been attempted.
• Your two pots have been drawn in your sketchbook, which is accompanying this sheet.

Partially Meets the Standard • Pinch pot walls and floor are not an even thickness.
• Pinch pot walls and floor are thicker than ½ inch.
• There is texture on the outside of your pot.
• Your name, initials, or stamp is missing.
• Care, control, and quality craftsmanship is not clearly demonstrated.
• Your two pots have not been drawn in your sketchbook.
Does Not Meet the Standard • Pinching the pots is done haphazardly and/or is incomplete.
• Work shows little or no attention to detail.

Glazing Goals:
• Demonstrate the care and control needed while glazing.
• Demonstrate planning of glazing.
• Demonstrate record-keeping of glazes and glazing notes(for future reference).

Glazing Techniques (Technical Assessment)
Execution / Production
Exceeds the Standard • Both pinch pots are extremely well glazed; care, control, and quality craftsmanship is obvious and superior.
• Glaze has been applied deliberately and according to plan.
• The number and name of each glaze used is accurately and neatly written in your sketchbook (on the “melon” sheet, which should be glued into your book, or directly into your book, next to your drawn pots).

Meets the Standard • Both pinch pots are well glazed; care, control, and quality craftsmanship is clear.
• Glaze has been applied somewhat according to plan.
• The number and name of most glazes used is accurately and neatly written in your sketchbook (on the “melon” sheet, which should be glued into your book, or directly into your book, next to your drawn pots).
Partially Meets the Standard • Care, control, and quality craftsmanship is not clear.
• Glaze has been inconsistently applied.
• Glazing notes in sketchbook are unclear or incomplete.
Does Not Meet the Standard • Care, control, and quality craftsmanship is clearly lacking.
• Glazing of the pinch pots is done haphazardly and/or is incomplete.
• Glazing notes in sketchbook are missing.


Reasoning / Thinking
In the space below, please justify your placement on the above rubric for your technical skills standards on BOTH the making and glazing of the pinch pots. Each response should be at least 3 to 4 complete sentences. Use the back of the sheet as necessary to complete your answers.

1. Technical Skills Justification for creating the pinch pots:

2. Technical Skills Justification for glazing the pinch pots:



3. Please describe the glazing job on your two pinch pots. How many layers of which glazes did you use? (this should also be in your sketchbook) Were you surprised by anything that happened? Why or why not?





4. Describe any contrast you achieved with your textures and/or your glaze choices. How might that affect your creative choices in forming and glazing in the future?