So this is a really easy and fast project if you do it right the first time and don't break the extruder. We are fortunate enough to have an extruder so the kids don't have to roll their own coils and they don't have to score and slip anything. Like seriously, this is a 3-4 day project. It's a great intro project at the beginning of the class. We ran into some issues the first time around because we didn't line our bowls with plaster wrap or bags (so the clay stuck to the bowls and everything cracked and broke) and the clay we were using was a bit too dry (leftovers from last year) and the extruder got pulled out of the wall and the plunger and dies got bents. I must have had the strongest girls in the world in that class.
To start, I made a bunch of coils because with 30 kids, it would have taken forever for all of them to make their own coils. The kids coil the bottom of the bowl and then start building up. I told them they needed at least 4 different kinds of designs. They could do braids, plain coils, squiggly coils, circles, hearts, flowers, balls of clay, openings, etc.
Once they are done with all of the coils, they have to smooth all of the coils on the inside. This is why they don't have to score and slip anything.
I love how they turned out. It really is a fail proof project as long as they follow directions and line their bowls first!
Here are the results...