2nd and 3rd grade spent their week in the art room working with air dry clay. They worked on making gifts for Mother’s Day and also had fun molding their own creations. Clay can be a frustrating medium with which to work particularly air dry clay. Cracking and breaking are two of the biggest problems. To minimize these problems students were encouraged to keep their creations fairly thick and to ensure that any additional pieces were joined to their main sculpture properly.
The teapots were made by flattening out a piece of clay to about 1/2 inch thickness and then cutting out the shape with a cookie cutter. Designs were then embossed on to the clay with stamps. While the clay was still damp small holes were poked in the bottom of the pot and one at the top. Once dry, the clay was painted with acrylic paints and silver or gold paint was sponged on top to highlight the stamped design. The final step was to thread four pieces of beaded wire through the holes. I love how these turned out and I hope the mom’s do too!