Handbuilt People Pots

Designer: Kaitlyn Gilham



  1. Start with about ½ to ¾ of a pound of clay
  2. Create a small pinch pot
  3. Using the same about of clay create an additional pinch pot with a hole at the bottom 
  4. Attach the second pot on top of the first one, attach by slipping and scoring the pieces together
  5. Smooth out the connection with your fingers and water
  6. Using small pieces of clay sculpt the ears and nose for your pot
  7. Attach the features to your pot by slipping and scoring them together
  8. Smooth out your connections with your fingers and water
  9. Let your pot dry slowly
  10. Once it is completely dry, bisque fire your pot to cone 04


  1. Coat your pot with 3 coats of your chosen base color (SC-06, SC-11, or SC-26) 
  2. Using a detail brush create the eyeballs by painting circles/ovals of SC-16 CottonTail where you would like the eyes to be, apply 3 coats
  3. Using a detail brush create the pupils, eye brows, and mouth with SC-15 Tuxedo, apply 3 coats
  4. Use stilts to fire pieces to cone 06



  • Low-fire white clay (Laguna’s EM-210)


  • SC-06 Sunkissed (base coat)
  • SC-11 Blue Yonder (base coat)
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-26 Green Thumb (base coat)

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Needle tool
  • Sponge
  • Water