Saturday, 28 July 2012

Clay Fish

One of the reasons I started this blog is the regret I have for not saving samples or photos of past art projects.  Now at the very least I should be able to take a decent photo with my iphone, but my goal is to keep a camera in my school bag at all times. 

I happened to find these pictures while going through past files of photos on my husband's computer - I work almost exclusively on my laptop.

This was one of my first clay projects ever with a grade one class.  It was a project that would eventually test our school's kiln which had sat dormant in our school for years - until I showed up and learned we had one! This would be a good introductory lessons with clay. 

After spending some time exploring different texture tools, students would roll out a slab and use a fish cookie cutter to make their fish shape.  Using a damp finger they would smooth out any rough edges or cracks. Then they would use the different tools to imprint the details.  Before they move their piece to the drying shelf I would use a wooden skewer to print their initials on the back side of the fish.

We would then dry our pieces, fire in the kiln, glaze and refire. 

I always love the surprised expressions on the childrens' faces when they get their first look at their shiny ceramic artwork! They cannot wait to show their parents what they did! Priceless!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Pinch Pot Fun

I love summer!  With my time off from the classroom I'm free to try different projects that have been on my mind that I may not have had time to do otherwise.  I had some clay left over from when I did the clay plates with my son's class and decided to do some experimenting with pinch pots.  My daughter wanted to join in the fun so we created these pinch pot owls.

We used air dry clay.  First we created a simple pinch pot.  Then we added the wings which were actually made from a large heart cookie cutter that we then cut into half to create 2 equal wings.  Then we made 2 circles for the eyes and attached them.  Lastly we attached a beak shape.

We then used a bent paper clip to make impressions for the feathers.  A marker cap was used to help create the eyes and any other impressions were make by a wooden skewer.


This white owl in my 7 year old daugher's owl.  As I didn't have much in the way of acrylic paints at home she had to resort to painting it all white.  She didn't mind.  She said it was a snowy owl.

I think I'll buy some citronella tea lights and use them as candle holders during the summer months on our patio!

Here are some other pinch pot creations.


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