Make an Ancient Greek amphora
Pottery is one of the most important pieces of evidence for archaeologists to understand the ways people lived in the past.
A lot of the pottery made in Ancient Greece still survives today. This is because the soft clay that the craftsmen used was moulded, then fired in a kiln at very high temperatures – this makes the pots hard and very durable. Many Ancient Greek pots were decorated in red and black with paintings of daily life, rituals, stories and events.
Pots were made in different shapes depending on what they were used for. The amphora pot was used for storing and transporting goods such as olive oil or wine. Have a go at making your own amphora pot with this crafty activity!
Adult supervision is not required for this activity.
Ages : Suitable for all ages.
Time Required: 2 hours (you will need to leave it to dry after the papier mache and painting stages too, so allow time for this!)
Blow up your balloon (not too big!)
Cover with two layers of newspaper, cover them in the glue mixture and smooth them onto the surface of your balloon - this bit can get quite messy!
Once covered leave your paper mache balloon to dry overnight.
When your paper mache balloon is completely dry and hard, mark a circle at the top and bottom of the balloon - use the inside reel of the masking tape to guide you.
Cut out the circles you have drawn (you may want to ask an adult to help you).
This will pop the balloon which you can now throw way.
Roll up your sheet of card and poke it through the holes, leaving end as the vase 'neck' and the other as the stand.
Use masking tape to fix it in place.
Cut two lengths of card (about 15cm long and 4cm wide).
Attach with masking tape to the side of your vase - these are your handles!
Roll up a piece of newspaper and tape around the top of the vase neck to make a rim.
Now you need to paper mache over the shape you have made and leave to dry overnight.
When your vase is completely dry, decorate it with paints and/or marker pens.
(If you don't fancy painting why not print out some pictures and stick them over your vase!)
You now have your very own Greek Amphora, perfect for a mantlepiece at home or for your room!
- 1 balloon
- Strips of newspaper
- PVA glue diluted with water (or you can use wallpaper paste)
- Masking tape
- 1 A3 sheet of card
- Acrylic or poster paint
- Black marker pen