14 Dec 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.
After it dries from dipping, I stack it back up in boxes.
Paint table set up… very simple! Canvas drop cloths for the tables works perfectly!
Kindergarten Tree Plaques
First Grade Owls
Second Grade Luminaries
Third Grade Drape Bowls
Fourth Grade Plates
Fifth Grade Trays