This $4.99 app is one of the best programs I've paid for on my iPad. The designers of Let's Create! Pottery have intelligently incorporated a goal-oriented game into the art of (virtually) throwing clay.
You use your fingers to stretch, pull, and pinch the clay on the wheel. Once you've designed the shape, you can fire the pot and then paint it. The "mission" aspect of the game is a lot of fun. You get messages from people asking you to design certain pots. There is a store where you buy different paint colors and patterns with the money earned from completing missions or simply auctioning off other pots.
I wonder if this environment would be a good introduction for kids to the art of pottery. The physics in the app are pretty good. The app also might give people who don't have access to the necessary equipment to gain some feeling about this craft.
Header photo by Robert S. Donovan