Creating a Clay Human Figure Using the Pinchpot Method (Pinching and Forming): Junior High School Class Based on the Pioneering Work of Sachie Kajita
宇田, 秀士安平次, 直人
17 , 2016-03-31 , 奈良教育大学次世代教員養成センター
Facing the teaching theme of creating a clay human figure using the pinchpot method (pinching and forming), we developed a teaching method based on the pioneering work of Sachie Kajita for first year junior high school students and verified this teaching method through actual practice. The lesson concerned was given introductory status towards forthcoming fully-fledged teaching themes involving the use of clay. The “basic clay shapes” adopted by Kajita as a step prior to pinchpotting in the clay working process were slightly modified so that the human poses expressed should reflect the actual interests of junior high school students. During the lesson, the students were very lively and immersed themselves in the drama created by freely posed human figures making use of the pinchpot method. The created human figures represented dynamic movements beyond the reach of the incremental method or use of a core rod. However, it was apparent that the pupils lacked sufficient experience of handling clay as some of the students could not produce “basic clay shapes” or could not learn the trick of using the pinchpot method. Such results confirmed the necessity for several trial works to familiarise them with clay.