Pinch Pot Pumpkins

Designer: Bre Kathman



  1. Create a pinch pot with about 1 lb of clay.
  2. Leave the top rim about half an inch thick.
  3. Flip over and gather the top of the pot so it looks round when sat down.
  4. Draw 8 lines from the top of the pumpkin to the base with the back part of a paintbrush.
  5. Using 2 fingers on the inside of the pumpkin push the space between the lines out so there is a visual bulge.
  6. Rub the edges of lines drawn to soften and blend into pumpkin shape.
  7. Create stem by rolling out a small piece of clay in a cone.
  8. Make a thin flat disc of clay slightly bigger than the stem base.
  9. Attach stem to flat base by score and slip method.
  10. Add flat base to the top of the pumpkin by score and slip method.
  11. Texture the stem with a skewer stick.
  12. Roll out a thin coil for the vine to attach to base of stem with score and slip method.
  13. Press clay in to leaf press mold of CD778 Flowers & Leaves and attach with score and slip method.
  14. Dry and bisque fire to cone 04.
  15. Paint 3 coats of EL-143 Cactus Flower on the body of the pumpkin with a soft fan brush.
  16. Paint 2 coats of EL-145 Ginger Root on the stem and vine.
  17. Paint thin ribbons of EL-142 Grass directly on top of the stem and vine to add highlights of green.
  18. Paint 3 coats of EL-142 Grass on the leaves. Let dry.
  19. Gently rub the highlights on the body of the pumpkin with a paper towel to create a color variation on the finished piece.
  20. Stilt and fire to Cone 05/06.



  • Low-fire white clay


  • EL-145 Ginger Root
  • EL-143 Cactus Flower
  • EL-142 Grass

Decorating Accessories

  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • CD778 Flowers & Leaves Press Mold

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Skewer stick