Supplies Needed:

Step 1

Pinch Pots

Roll 2 spheres of clay that are of equal weight.

Turn each sphere into a pinch pot.

Push thumb into the center of the clay sphere
Pinch the clay with thumb and forefinger starting at the bottom and turning as you go.

Stop pinching when the pot is wide enough.

Compare both pots. Pots should both be similar in size.

Step 2


Score the rim of each pinch pot.
*Scoring is scratching the edges of clay before joining them together.

Apply slip over the scoring marks on each pinch pot.
*Slip is liquid clay used to join pieces of clay together like glue.

Connect both pinch pots together.

Smooth the pinch pots together.

Step 3

Body Shape

Form the animal’s body by slapping the hollow pinch pot form into the shape of a potato using the back of a wooden spoon.

Step 4


Roll a thick cylinder out of clay.

Score and slip the cylinder onto the animal’s belly.

Firmly press the handle of a wooden spoon into the clay to form a plus sign +.

Smooth the two pieces of clay together with the clay tool.
Shape and smooth each leg with wet fingertips.

Step 5


Add additional clay onto one side of the animal’s body.
Push and pull the clay into place until it makes a narrow slope head shape.

Carve a heart shape with a line running down the middle on the head form.
Carry the lines down the sides of the head

Step 6


Roll two small spheres of clay.

Attach the spheres onto the animal’s head by scoring and slipping them on.

Pinch the ears flat and indent each one using a ball tool.

Step 7


Roll a small sphere of clay and attach it to the tip of the pointed face form.

Step 8


Indent a circle ended tool below each ear on the animal’s face.

Step 9


Create the hedgehog’s spiky quills by drawing a rough line texture on the body using a pointed tool.

Step 10


Roll a small sphere of clay and smooth it onto the rear of the animal’s body.

Step 11

Water Hole

Insert the hole punch tool into the top of the animal’s body and remove the clay to create a circle opening.

Step 12


Allow clay to fully dry. Drying time will vary depending on temperature and humidity.

Step 13

Bisque Fire

Fire clay in the kiln to cone 04.

Step 14


Apply glaze according to manufacturer’s directions onto the head and feet of the animal’s body.
*NOTE: Do not apply glaze to the quills.

Step 15

Glaze Fire

Fire the glazed piece in the kiln. Follow manufacturer’s firing guidelines.

Step 16


Soak a spoonful of chia seeds in water over night to moisten the seeds.
Soak the hedgehog in water so the porous clay becomes moist.

Fill the hedgehog sculpture with water.
Spread a thin, even layer of seeds on top of the quill lines.

Step 17


Place the hedgehog sculpture in a sunny place.
Keep the sculpture full of water to grow the sprouts.
*NOTE: Place a plastic bag loosely over the chia planter for a few days until the seeds sprout and mist your planter daily to moisten the seeds. It will take 3-5 days for the seeds to begin to sprout.