Coil your way to larger and more complex shapes with this fun technique
Coiling is a traditional way of creating pots that you might be familiar with from childhood. Although the distinctive layered snakes effect has blessed many a parents’ mug cupboard, you can also smooth back the coils to give an even finish with this technique.
Coiling is traditionally used for making larger vessels since you can continue adding coils to your heart’s content. If you’d like to see the level of complexity that can be achieved with this technique, take a look at Korean Onggi vessels which can be larger than the potter themselves!
The other benefit of coiling is that it allows you to make more unique forms. Because you’re building in layers, you can attach coils in different places to create overhangs - each coil doesn’t necessarily need to be the same as the one below.