Afternoon Art Club at Home with Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

Pinch Pots with Sally O’Neill

Join Sally as she helps you create a pinch pot from home made salt dough at home. 

Presented as part of a very special partnership between STA and Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.

We recommend you watch the whole video before you get started. 

You will need:

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • Paint or Markers.

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Make your dough

  • Add 1 cup salt to 1 cup warm water. Stir to dissolve salt. 
  • Add 2 cups flour to a bowl and add water a alittle bit at a time and stir. 
  • When it becomes to think to stir, use clean hands to bring the dough together.
  • If the dough is too wet and sticky, knead in a little more flour. If its too stiff, add a little more water.  It should be easy to work with – soft and not too stiff and not excessively sticky. 

Make your Pinch Pots

  • Make a ball with your dough
  • Insert your thumb and pinch the dough between your fingers. Rotate the ball and continue to pinch the sides creating a pot. 
  • Salt dough can air dry or pop into the oven for 90 mins – 2 hours at 100°C.

Decorate your Pinch Pots

  • Use paint of markers to decorate your pinch pots.
  • To increase the life of your pinch pots seal with varnish or lacquer. 


Send us a pic – tag us @southerntablelandsarts – or use #StaKids #GoulburnRegionalArtGallery

Want more? 

  • Try creating new forms with your dough. Salt dough is excellent for decorative items like Christmas decorations. 
  • Use the dough to model a character. Use a stop motion app like Stop Motion Studio to animate your character. 
  • Purchase some air dry clay and make more!


Afternoon Art Club is a nine week program of creative fun and learning. Each term, projects are designed to develop children’s skills to express ideas through making, encourage enjoyment in the process of creating and to develop and refine art making skills. A variety of projects are worked on and designed in response to the interests of the class and may include drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, performance and new media. 

We will be celebrating the end of year with a small celebration in our Afternoon Art Club groups in the final week of the year. We will have some fun Christmas inspired art and craft and music to enjoy. 

Bookings for this program are made directly with the Gallery.

About Sally O’Neill

Sally has worked at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery as Education Officer since November 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNSW Art & Design and has completed formal studies in Education and Nursing. Combining her passions of visual arts and teaching, Sally has found her niche developing and delivering an ambitious Education Program to the Goulburn community. Sally’s work covers young people of all ages – Afternoon Art Club, Art Teenies, school holiday workshops as well as a host of tailored programs for schools. Sally works collaboratively with artists and brings contemporary art to the young people of Goulburn with sensitivity and flair. She also maintains her own artistic practice and exhibits locally. Her interests include painting, drawing, collage and sewing. Check out Sally’s Mural What a Cowtasrophe in Crookwell. Sally also has murals all over Goulburn in schools and at the PCYC.  

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0427 938 110 
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PO Box 1323 Goulburn 2580
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