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31/10/2017 - Greek Pottery



Our latest workshop for our Ancient Greek topic was led by our local artist Becky. Children designed their own Greek pots and applied a whole host of new art skills.


Designs focused on creating:

  • an amphora pot - a storage jar and one of the principal vessel shapes in Greek pottery which was a two-handled pot with a neck narrower than the body
  • an oenochoe pot - a wine jug from the classical period of Greek pottery. A graceful vessel with a delicately curved handle and trefoil-shaped mouth


Children learnt the technique of reverse tracing which is a way of transferring an image from one place to another when designing their own Greek pots. They also learnt how to carefully use the scissors to create smooth edges and how to colour images so that a solid and neat image was created.


The famous patterns of key, meander and ivy were added to their pot using Sgraffito – a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of contrasting colour, typically done in plaster or stucco on walls or in slip on ceramics before firing.


They experimented with new materials including oil pastels, posca pens and acrylic paint.


The final creations are spectacular and demonstrate a high level of skill and creativity. Well done!