6th and 7th Grade created ceramic ocarina. An ocarina is an ancient wind musical instrument, sometimes referred to as a vessel flute. It belongs to an old family of instruments originating in ancient China and Mesoamerica, dating back over 12,000 years!
Students began by creating a pinch pot and then inverted it onto a slab of clay and attached it. They then added a mouthpiece, a voicing, and various holes to play different notes. Each of these ocarina has a unique sound, depending on the size, shape and amount of holes in the instrument. Students had the extra challenge of turning their ocarina into an animal by adding other decorative elements. They had to use their creativity to problem solve how the elements of their animal would fit within the confines of a working ocarina. Check out their amazing results!