Tea Bowls

This project comes from Amaco Clay Company. I have completed this tutorial and really like it. It is pretty simple and will produce a nice pot. In order to use your time wisely for this project, consider making two or more of these bowls/cups.

Tea Bowls courtesy of Amaco Clay


  • Follow complex steps to complete a project
  • Design and construct a textured design that defines your piece
  • Follow best practice rules to express your knowledge of the media when completing your piece.

Follow the instructions here to complete your tea bowl. When you are ready to add texture to the surface, I do have rollers, but there are so many other options for adding texture. Be creative. Use more than one method or try out some different ideas. If you are making more than one bowl, use a different technique for each bowl.

Texture making ideas:

  • doilies
  • plants/leaves/flowers
  • noodles
  • rollers
  • tools
  • shoe bottoms
  • screen
  • basically anything with texture can be used to create texture in clay!

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, art-making approaches, contextual information, and key concepts.