My second graders made pinch pots with our Artist in Resident. Our artist, (from the Oneida Nation), talked about the designs that are important to her people. She discussed water symbols, the sky dome, hearts, and the turtle symbol. I was on maternity leave last year when this group did clay, so this was a great review on pinch pots and clay techniques. I tried a new way of coloing the clay after it was fired. We used oil pastels first to color, then painted them black with tempera paint. After a few days I washed the paint off and coated them all in Modge Podge and glitter gloss. They turned out awesome.