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Friday, July 27, 2012

Cookie Cutter Ceramic Bowls

This is a clay project I did a while back when I taught a clay hand-building course 
to a class of 6 and 7 year olds. This was one of the final projects we did and I have to say it was quite challenging for them but overall, they did a great job!  I found the idea for the lesson here on the Bryn Mawr school website in Baltimore. You can see their lovely finished examples on their website; unfortunately I didn't get any finished pics of my kids final glazed pieces.

So what you essentially need for this project is:
an assortment of cookie cutters, rolling pins, molds to make bowls (sturdy paper plate bowls work great)

Roll out the clay so it's about 1/4" thick. For my young students, I have them hold up their thumbs and tell them the clay can't be any thinner than their thumb, or it will crack and break as it dries.
Then, punch out some shapes using a cookie cutter. Lay these inside the bowl mold 
(we used a bunch of bisque fired bowls we have specifically for making handmade bowls, but a paper plate bowl works well also.) Slightly overlap each shape and carefully 'scratch and attach' using water (I never use slip- plain water works just as well) and a fork or toothbrush. Smooth out any rough edges with your finger and a bit of water. Keep overlapping and filling the bowl shape until you have the size you want. 

Let these dry slowly in the mold until leather hard, remove from the mold (a couple days later), let dry another few days or so, bisque fire, then paint them or glaze them. 
They make lovely little decorative bowls!


sallgood said...

Very cool!

Hope Hunter Knight said...

Great idea. I need to make someof those bisque molds, too!

lluna said...

It's a great idea! Easily achieved an incredible result.

Dolunay -Alanayarts said...

şahane bir fikir bende küçüklere bu uygulamadan yaptırabilirim....

Miss said...

Thanks everyone!

Rina k6art.com said...

Hi Miss

I have never seen anything like this! Not only visually interesting,It would be a good lesson to teach the concept of negative space. And repetition. And maybe abstraction......just love it.

Rina from k6art.com

Chesterbrook Academy Elementary said...

A cool idea.
I love the lacing effect.

Anne Farrell said...

Great idea! Will definitely be trying this one day, thank you.

Vickie said...

I love this idea and will be trying this with my group this school year!

Miss said...

Thanks very much everyone!

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