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Products Used

Bisque

DT-661 6" Bisque Tile

Color

FN-043 Bright Jade, FN-227 Celery, SG-501 Sculpting Medium

Design Tools

CB-106 #6 Script Liner, CB-110 #10/0 Liner, CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, BT-910 Synthetic Sponges, AC-223 Large Writer Tip

Additional Materials
Pencil, Any Floral Stencil, Stencil Adhesive, ½" Masking Tape, Rubber Squeege
 
Fancy White raised flower
 

Description

For grade levels 5-8

Tiles make great & quick projects for students with little time and money to spend working with clay. In this lesson, students can make their own square tiles out of a slab of clay or to speed things up a bit, teachers may purchase bisque fired tiles to jump right to glazing and surface decoration. This lesson can be connected to nlearning about botany (the study of plants) with a focus on texture and relief sculpting (seen here with the use of Sculpting Medium).

Objectives

  • Understand the how texture adds dimension to a work of art
  • Explore artistic mediums with clay, glaze, and stencils
  • Learn about the plants and flowers that sustain the ecosytem around us
     

National Standards

  • Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
  • Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
  • Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas

Instructions 

Glazing Directions:
  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque.  Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Apply the ½’ Masking Tape to the edge of the tile creating a border.
  3. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of FN-043 Bright Jade to the area inside the tape. Allow to dry.
  4. Spray the back of the stencil with stencil adhesive, press to the DRY glaze.
  5. With a Rubber Squeegee apply the SG-501 Sculpting Medium to the stencil. Remove the stencil almost immediately, pulling straight up.
  6. Remove the tape.
  7. Pour some SG-501 Sculpting Medium into the AC-223 Large Writer Tip bottle, use the large metal tip and very quickly make small loops on the un-glazed border. Allow to dry.
  8. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply 2-3 coats of FN-227 Celery to the border. Allow to dry.
  9. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06/05.

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