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Our Ceramic Pieces are DONE!

Our Ceramic Pieces are DONE!

When you teach 585+ students every four days, you find strategies to do things quick & easy, yet keeping the creative integrity. When I teach ceramics, I usually finish the clay with acrylic paint. ¬†Glaze would be nice, but it is expensive and a lot more work for me. ¬†So… about 15 years ago, I started dipping my clay pieces in a mixture of white semi-gloss latex paint, (yes… wall paint) and water. ¬†About a 50/50 mix. ¬†This mixture does two things… brightens the clay to a bright white and primes the clay with a base coat making the clay very easy to paint for k-5th graders. ¬†Young kids have a hard time covering clay with paint when it is not dipped, the clay absorbs the moisture so fast, they have a hard time moving the paint around. ¬†Then you are left with unpainted spots and a very unfinished/low quality finished product. ¬†Not if you dip and prime it first! The paint flows like the kids expect it to. ¬†Results???? Beautiful!!! This is what my process looks like….

Dipping table in action.

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After it dries from dipping, I stack it back up in boxes.

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Paint table set up… very simple! Canvas drop cloths for the tables works perfectly!


Kindergarten Tree Plaques

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First Grade Owls


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Second Grade Luminaries

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Third Grade Drape Bowls

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Fourth Grade Plates

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Fifth Grade Trays

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