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toadhouse elements

Products Used

Clay
  • Low Fire White Clay
Color
  • EL-144 Dark Amethyst
  • EL-145 Ginger Root
  • EL-143 Cactus Flower
  • EL-146 Rain cloud
  • EL-142 Grass

Decorating Accessories

  • RB-144 #4 Soft Fan
  • ST-113 Circulate Stamp
  • ST-353 Jumbo Swirl Blocks Stamp
  • ST-367 Leafy Border stamp
  • CD-776 Circle Slump & Hump Mold
Miscellaneous Accessories
  • Sponge
  • Rib
  • Large (40oz) Tin Can
  • Pencil
  • Fettling knife
  • Paper
 
Designer: Bre Kathman
 

Description

For grade levels 6-12

Creating Outdoor housing for animals is a great way to connect science and art in the classroom. Students will have a blast researching animal houses that they can create with their own hands and finding a way to introduce it into the environment.

Objectives

  • Students will experience the use of clay techniques and processes.

  • Students will use their imagination to create a house for an outdoor animal.

  • Students will research and connect outdoor habits with artistic expression.

Instructions

  1. Roll a slab approximately 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Place slab on CD-776 Circle Slump & Hump Mold

  3. Compress slab on hump mold with sponge or rib.

  4. Use ST-367 Leafy Border Stamp to create texture on the top of the compressed slab. This will be the top of the house.

  5. Cut excess clay around the outside edge of the mold.

  6. Roll out another slab approximately ¼ inch thick 11” long and 7” tall, compress and set aside.

  7. Wrap paper around the tin can.

  8. Cut the bottom edge of the slab to be flat.

  9. Wrap slab around paper and can with the flat side on the bottom.

  10. Slightly overlap the slab and cut any extra clay off.

  11. Smooth the overlapped clay into the rest of the slab to create a tube around the can. This is base of the house.

  12. Cut around the top edge of the can to create a flat top to attach the roof.

  13. Texture the slab on the can with ST-113 Circulate Stamp.

  14. Cut a hole for the door (be sure to only cut 2 sides of the door so it will stay connected.

  15. Remove slab from can.

  16. Score and slip the top of the house and the bottom side of the soon to be roof created earlier.

  17. Place roof slab on the house.

  18. Create an organic wave with roof edge and add ST-353 stamp for extra texture.

  19. Add welcome sign and any other additions.

  20. Let dry completely.

  21. Bisque fire to cone 04.

  22. Paint 3 coats of EL-146 Rain Cloud on the outside wall of the house. We will leave the bottom and the inside unglazes to let moisture release from the house.

  23. Paint 3 coats of EL- 145 Ginger Root on the door except for the handle and hinges.

  24. Paint 3 coats of EL-144 Dark Amethyst on the handle and hinges of the door.

  25. Paint 2 coats of EL-143 Cactus Flower on Welcome sign.

  26. Wipe welcome sign with a damp sponge until you can read the words.

  27. Paint 3 coats of EL-144 Dark Amethyst on the screws on the welcome sign.

  28. Paint 3 coats of EL-142 Grass to the roof. Let dry.

  29. Rub the roof and walls with your hand so that some of the glaze is removed from the high points of the roof. This will promote the color changes in the glaze.

  30. Let dry, stilt and fire to Cone 06.

monsters1

Products Used

Clay
  • Low Fire White Earthenware Clay
Color
  • SC-11 Blue Yonder
  • SC-13 Grapel
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-24 Dandelion
  • SC-27 Sour Apple
  • SC-73 Candy Apple Red
  • SC-75 Orange-A-Peel
  • SC-76 Cara-Bein Blue

Decorating Accessories

  • MT004 Swirls
  • MT005 Retro Squares
  • CD-775 Round Slump & Hump Mold
  • CD-777 Oval Slump & Hump Mold

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Rolling Pin  

Designer: Carmen Allen 

 

Description

For Grade Levels 6-12

Monsters can be brightly colored or dark and scary and anywhere in between. This project gives the students a chance to tap into their creative and imaginative side by letting them explore surface texture, shape and color to develop the monster of their dreams.

Objectives

  • Students will experience the use of clay techniques and processes to build a 3D form.

  • Students will create a form unique to them using their imagination.

  • Students will experience the use of slump and hump molds.

Instructions

  1. Roll out a ¼” thick slab.
  2. Press a textured mat into the clay. When using Mayco’s Mats gently press down in the middle and work your way outward. Once the mat is secure, go over with a rolling pin to be sure the design is applied evenly. Begin rolling lightly in the center and increase pressure slowly until the mat is pressed down all the way. Remove the mat. Depending on how you want to make your monster you may want to leave some of the slabs without texture!
  3. Cut a circle or oval out of the slab and use a Slump & Hump mold to shape it. Let it set up for about 15 minutes before handling. Repeat this step so you have 2 parts to create a shell. Squeezed some of the finished forms to create more of an oblong shape and cut off excess to make smaller monsters.
  4. Slip and score edges of the forms to attach to make a closed form, or offset a pair to create a big mouth on one!
  5. Once you have created the form you are free to create little details to add on. Possible additions; rolled up slabs to make tubes for legs, attached stamped slabs to layer textures, pinched out a big tail, or hand-rolled eyeballs. All to be slipped and scored as attachments.
  6. Once all of the details have been created and attached, cover loosely with a bag so they can dry slow, to help reduce any cracking that could occur.
  7. Once completely dry fire to shelf cone 05/04.
  8. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan or a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply 2-3 coats of color to the desired area. Let dry to the touch in between coats.
  9. Once completely dry fire to shelf cone 06/05.
  10. Add wire, pipe cleaners, and beads and antenna and embellishments.
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pumpkin el

Products Used

Clay
  • low-fire white clay
Color
  • EL-145 Ginger Root
  • EL-143 Cactus Flower
  • EL-142 Grass

Decorating Accessories

  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 Soft Fan
  • CD-778 Flowers & Leaves Press Mold 

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • skewer stick

 

Designer: Bre Kathman
 

Description

For grade levels 6-12

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy all things pumpkin. The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which is Greek for "large melon", something round and large. The French adapted this word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion, later being altered to the pumpkin by American Colonists.

Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, opening the doors for many creative projects. Students can create a pumpkin as traditional or funky as they wish! Spend some time researching different types of pumpkins before committing to the first pumpkin design that comes to mind.

Objectives

  • Students will experience the use of clay techniques and processes.

  • Students will gain firsthand knowledge of how to make vegetables out of clay.

  • Students will create textures to express real-life objects.

Instructions

  1. Create a pinch pot with about 1lb of clay.
  2. Leave the top rim about half an inch thick
  3. Flip over and gather the top of the pot so it looks round when sat down.
  4. Draw 8 lines from the top of the pumpkin to the base with the back part of a paintbrush.
  5. Using 2 fingers on the inside of the pumpkin push the space between the lines out so there is a visual bulge.
  6. Rub the edges of lines drawn to soften and blend into pumpkin shape.
  7. Create stem by rolling out a small piece of clay in a cone.
  8. Make a thin flat disc of clay slightly bigger than the stem base.
  9. Attach stem to flat base by score and slip method.
  10. Add flat base to the top of the pumpkin by score and slip method.
  11. Texture the stem with a skewer stick.
  12. Roll out a thin coil for the vine to attach to base of stem with score and slip method.
  13. Press clay in to leaf press mold of CD-778 Flowers & Leavesand attach with score and slip method.
  14. Dry and bisque fire to cone 04.
  15. Paint 3 coats of EL-143 Cactus Flower on the body of the pumpkin with a soft fan brush.
  16. Paint 2 coats of EL-145 Ginger Root on the stem and vine.
  17. Paint thin ribbons of EL-142 Grass directly on top of the stem and vine to add highlights of green.
  18. Paint 3 coats of EL-142 Grass on the leaves. Let Dry
  19. Gently rub the highlights on the body of the pumpkin with a paper towel to create a color variation on the finished piece.
  20. Stilt and fire to Cone 05/06.

Winter Birch trees copy

Products Used

Clay
  • low-fire white clay
Color
  • SG-401 Black Designer Liner

  • SG-410 Bright Blue

  • NT-BR Clear

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 Soft Fan

  • AC-310 Silk Screen Medium

  • DSS-0110 Botanical-Trees Silkscreen

  • Sponge

  • Rib

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Hole Cutter
  • paint brushes
  • pens 
  • rope

 

Designer: Bre Kathman
 

Description

For grade levels 6-12

Line Art is an image that consists of distinct straight or curved lines placed against a plain background, without gradations in shade or hue to represent two-dimensional or three-dimensional objects. Line art is a great way to communicate a complex idea in a simplified manner.  Here we choose to depict a birch forest.  Ask students to visualize a forest and pick out the most important elements to communicate its beauty. Then have them create it in clay.

Objectives

  • Students will experience the use of clay techniques and processes.

  • Students will use their imagination to create a forest.

  • Students will create depth to express real life objects

Instructions

  1. Roll a slab approximately 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Tear the outside edge of the slab so it has a ridged look.
  3. Compress both sides of the clay with a rib tool.
  4. Place paint brushes or pens under the slab where you would like foreground trees.
  5. Smooth clay around the pens with a damp sponge.
  6. Cut 2 holes for the rope.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Bisque fire to cone (Δ) 04.
  9. With the Bright Blue Designer Liner*, create a horizontal line across the piece, without going over the raised trees, as these are in the foreground. *Shake the bottle before using. 
  10. While the Designer Liner is still wet, use a finger wipe down and blur the line. 
  11. Use Black Designer Liner to create the trees.
  12. Mix Black Designer Liner and Silk Screen Medium to the consistency of peanut butter. Silkscreen the plants on the bottom section of the piece.
  13. Brush on clear glaze with a fan brush.
  14. Let dry, stilt and fire to Cone 06.
  15. Attach rope after firing.

featherchime

Products Used

Clay
  • Low-Fire White Clay
Color
  • SC-5 Tiger Tail
  • SC-27 Sour Apple
  • SC-28 Blue Isle
  • SC-33 Fruit of the Vine
  • SC-34 Down to Earth
  • SC-46 Rawhide
  • SC-97 Cant-Elope
  • CG-992 Mint Chip
  • CG-993 Lavender Sprigs
  • CG-995 Foggy Mist
  • CG-996 Spring Rain

Decorating Accessories

  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • MT-002 Wood Grain Mat

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Skewer Stick
  • Toothpick
  • Slab Roller
  • Ball Point Pen
  • Fishing Line
Designer: Bre Kathman
 

Description

For grade levels 6-12

Wind chimes are a type of percussion instrument constructed from suspended tubes, rods, bells or other objects that are often made of metal or wood. The tubes or rods are suspended along with some type of weight or surface which the tubes or rods can strike when they or another wind-catching surface are blown by the natural movement of air outside. Wind chimes are considered Chance-Based music because the notes are determined by nature air patterns.
Students will create the individual parts of the wind chime and then assemble the components.

Objectives

  • Students will experience the use of clay techniques and processes.

  • Students will gain firsthand knowledge of how to make a musical instrument

  • Students will create textures to express real life objects

Instructions

  1. Roll a slab approximately 1/4 inch thick
  2. Cut out feather shapes with skewer stick. 
  3. Use a damp sponge to round off the edges.
  4. Set leaves aside while creating the branch.
  5. Roll a wide coil with a small piece of clay to use as a branch.
  6. Roll coil around MT002 so that the wood grain follows the coil.
  7. Set branch aside to dry
  8. Using a ballpoint pen draw a straight line down the middle of the feather.
  9. Draw thin lines towards the bottom of the feather at a 45-degree angle.
  10. Repeat on the back side of the feather.
  11. Using a skewer make a small hole about ½ inch from the top.
  12. Dry and bisque fire to cone (Δ) 04.
  13. Paint one coat of SC-34 on the branch and then wipe lightly with a damp sponge leaving some color in the crevasse.
  14. Paint one coat of SC-5 on the branch and then wipe lightly with a damp sponge leaving some color.
  15. With a fan brush lightly paint one coat of SC-46 on the branch in patches that have no color.
  16. Paint 3 coats each feather with a variety of the following combos: a.)CG993 on the top half of feather and SC33 on the bottom half. b.) CG995 on the top half of feather and SC97 on the bottom half. c.) CG996 on the top half of feather and SC28 on the bottom half. d.)CG992 on the top half of feather and SC27 on the bottom half.
  17. With a damp sponge wipe the bottom of the feather so texture shows through the glaze.

  18. Let dry, stilt and fire to Cone (Δ) 06.

  19. Assemble with fishing line.

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