Primitive Pinch-Pot

clay pot and cornWhile planting corn last spring, I happened on a nice lump of clay in otherwise loamy ground. Just for fun, I pinched this pot out, and took it in the house to dry on a rack near the wood cook-stove.
Several months later, it was placed in the oven. Then, a couple weeks ago, when we had a good fire going, I moved it from the (hot) oven to the firebox. After an hour or so, I fished it out and left it to cool. It is fired to bisque hardness, and will no longer dissolve in water.
The pot didn’t fall apart. It holds 1/8 cup of water, which is about right for dipping ice-cold water from a spring or rivulet to drink.
This is my first successful primitive pot. Thanks to John and Geri McPherson ( for the inspiration.clay pot


About christophersknifeblog

I am a knifemaker and dealer, and live a very diversified life in the mountains of central Idaho. I love nature, agriculture, and homesteading. My knifemaking motto and advertising slogan is, "Knives Built for the Bush." I intend them to be efficient, durable, comfortable, functional, graceful equipment for life's challenges and opportunities. My website is Please visit!
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3 Responses to Primitive Pinch-Pot

  1. John says:

    Very interesting and resourceful!

  2. Good Job Christopher!! How fun with the pinch pot, too…

  3. Ron Moss says:

    Hi Chris, I enjoyed how you described the making of a primitive pot from bare clay . It shows what one can do with the essential which are provided in nature. Take care. Ron Moss

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