Friday, December 19, 2014

Clay Animal Whistles

Today we were able to start on our clay animal whistles! We discussed and demonstrated two different methods on how to create the whistle!

Method One

This method uses a pinch pot and a slab. The mouth piece is then attached to the hollow clay body. It took some tinkering to get this style to work, but the sound they make is worth the extra effort. 

Method Two

With this method, students were able to create a working whistle rather quickly.uses two pinch pots which are then joined together. The mouth piece is then attached a little differently. A "track" or hole is made in a linear fashion where the mouth piece can move back and forth horizontally. In addition the mouth piece can also tilt up and down vertically to find that perfect whistle resonance! 


The drawing below shows how the whistle works both methods must have a mouth piece, a hollow body, and a bevel or "ramp" that slopes towards the mouth piece. 

Part of the difficulty with the whistle is to find the optimal distance from the "ramp" to the mouth piece or "x". 

We also need to find  the optimal placement vertically, or up and down to split the air to create the whistle sound. 

Have a great break everyone and see you next year!!!