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Clay Week 2015!!!

Clay Week 2015!!!

Every year, right before the holiday break, I have a week of clay making for my students. Β We discuss functional art and how ceramics has a HUGE impact on our lives. Β I tell them, “we all come into contact with ceramics every single day… we all take a seat on a ceramic throne… the toilet!” It always gets them giggling. In fact, several parents have shared with me that their child could not wait to tell them that toilets were ceramic works of art!

Here are some pictures of my very busy week. Β Tomorrow is the last day. Β Then a few days of firing and then the finishing of pieces. Β I will post more on how I finish the pieces in a couple weeks.

I will refer to stamps, rubber mats and cookie cutters. Β Here is what we use to make the following projects…

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Fifth Grade Slump Bowls

Fifth Grade Made Long Plate/Bowls. The clay is slumped in styrofoam trays I bought online. $35.00 for 500 of these babies! They are for packaging lemons! Β They are the perfect size! Β We rolled the clay and used a bunch of clay stamps I made years ago for texturing. Some students used rubber stamps too. This is what it looked like…

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Fourth Grade made Decorative Plates. These can be made as holiday plates, winter plates or all year round plates. Β It was up to the individual! I have lots of cookie cutters, big and small. Β Winter is a favorite theme…

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Third Grade made Drape Textured Bowls. Β We use the rubber texture mats and rubber stamps. Β These are a favorite! Β They love making something so functional! We slump them over the short plastic cocktail cups you get at the grocery store. Β I cover them with paper towel so the clay does not stick. Β Works just great!

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Second Grade makes Luminaries! Β We roll out clay, cut out some stars and roll the slab onto a pop can. Β Then the stars we cut get glued on! Β Super simple!

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First Grade made Clay Owls…a simple one I have seen online, but have been making for over 20 years. Β I have an old ceramics book from the 1960’s that has this project in it. Β An oldie but goodie!

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4 Comments
  • ArtMuse
    Posted at 10:22h, 28 November Reply

    These projects are great! Are those pieces of burlap you use to cover the table?

  • Paintbrush Rocket
    Posted at 08:06h, 29 November Reply

    Thanks! It is thick canvas. Years ago I ordered the thickest canvas I could find from Utrecht's. I cut it up for each student to have a piece. It holds a lot of dust, so I try not to have the kids pick them up, I do it to control the dust… but it is a great surface to work on! I like to do clay with the while school at once, so tables stay set up the whole week.

  • Cristin
    Posted at 12:38h, 18 November Reply

    Love those 2nd grade luminaries! Can I ask a few questions:
    1) where did you find so many mini star cookie cutters?
    2) after the kids roll them on the pop can, how do you remove the pop can? It looks like you used a cover of some sort.
    3) do you find the kids are able to roll their own slabs using the sticks and rollers? I’ve never tried that before but it sound way better than rolling them all out myself!

    • gingerpacer
      Posted at 12:54h, 18 November Reply

      Cristin,
      Thanks! Here are some quick answers…
      1) Hobby Lobby has packs of smaller start cookie cutters in the Fimo Clay Section. I bought several, they are not real expensive.
      2) I cut newspaper or newsprint to cover the can. Do not tape the paper to the can, just around the can. Once students are finished, names on, I slip the can out. The paper sticks, then gently pull paper out.
      3) YES! They do a good job. I have them first press it down, not pounding with fists. Then roll over it twice, pick it up, give it a stretch, roll again, pick up to stretch, until the clay is the right thinness and size. It they get in the habit of picking up the clay and stretching it a bit, it rolls so much faster. I do go around and check them all, but most the time, they are very close to done. Just the little shorty’s are having a harder time. πŸ™‚

      I hope this helps! I do LOVE this project, so do the kids!

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