Multiples Bowls

I am calling these bowls, but really they can be vases or platters or sculptural pieces. The objective of the multiples project is to create lots of little pieces and attach them to make one piece. The pieces of clay you attach can be shapes, coils, or even spirals. Check out some of these examples:

There are so many things you can do with one of these projects. You can create them with an endless amount of shapes or patterns, but what you decide to to with your final project can be just as innovative.


  • Create a vessels using multiple pieces of clay attached together over a form.
  • Design a cohesive piece using many smaller elements.
  • Construct a successful form that not only shows your knowledge of the media through good craftsmanship but is able to support itself.

Here are some examples of the process:

As you can see in the pictures, you can make this project in a bowl, on a ball or balloon, or even on a hump mold. You may think of other creative ways to support your form. Don’t forget to attach each piece really well using the slip and score method.

Learning Standards   

Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. VA:Cr1.1.I  a. Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors. VA:Cr1.2.III a. Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

 Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.    VA:Cr2.1.I a. Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.    VA:Cr2.1.II a. Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.  VA:Cr2.2.I a. Explain how traditional and nontraditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

Anchor Standard 3: Revise, refine, and complete artistic work.  VA:Cr3.1.II a. Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, reengage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.  a. Analyze, select, and curate artifacts or artworks for presentation and preservation.

Anchor Standard 8: Construct meaningful interpretations of artistic work.  a. Construct meaningful interpretations, supported by evidence, of an artwork or collection of works through describing and analyzing feelings, subject matter, formal characteristics, artmaking approaches, contextual information, and key concepts.