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How to Make the Perfect Slip for All Your Clay Projects

How to Make the Perfect Slip for All Your Clay Projects

When joining two pieces of clay, you’ll have the best chance of them staying joined if you score (rough up the surfaces to be joined) and then slip (paint both scored surfaces with a mixture of clay and water). Clay can sometimes have a mind of its own so this step is a small price to […]

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Unwind with a Ceramic 'Feeling Sculpture'

Unwind with a Ceramic “Feeling Sculpture”

This may be the most relaxing clay project you’ll ever do. My students loved it so much, they asked to do it again!  Credit for this awesome project goes to my daughter’s high school Ceramics teacher, Mr. Emery. He challenged his students to form the clay with their eyes closed (!), but I made that optional for […]

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Ceramic 'Pot of Gold'

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Ceramic ‘Pot of Gold’

Leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold all tell us that St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner! We made our pots of gold out of clay so they would last from year to year. While these look like little pots full of gold coins, there’s a bit o’ trickery here…. the coins are actually attached to a removable […]

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Say "I Love You" with Clay

Say, “I Love You” with Clay

There’s something about ceramic projects that makes them such special keepsakes. Maybe it’s the permanence of the glazed and fired clay, able to last well beyond a generation. Maybe it’s the tactile nature of the medium itself and the way it reveals each impression left by the artist’s hands. Or, maybe it’s that there tend to […]

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Clay Leaves

Colorful Clay Leaves

There seems to be a universal appeal when it comes to projects with leaves! Young or old, male or female…. who doesn’t like leaves?? This project is quick and easy, hard to mess up, and offers a “wow factor” as the vein impressions make these ceramic leaves look incredibly realistic! So, go out and gather some leaves while you […]

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Ceramic Sugar Skull Plates for Dia de los Muertos

Ceramic Sugar Skull Plates for Dia de los Muertos

(Be sure to pin this project for next year…. my students LOVED it!!)  Dia De Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead, November 1-2) is one of my favorite holidays…. I love the colorful imagery and the focus on honoring loved ones who have died. So when one of my students requested that we do a ‘Sugar […]

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Clay Pumpkins tutorial

Clay Pumpkins

This Clay Pumpkin lesson just might be the perfect seasonal project for fall! It teaches several important techniques for working in clay and also makes a charming take-home gift that will be enjoyed for years to come! Students in grades 3 and up can be successful when you follow these simple steps…. Materials: 3 balls of clay, two […]

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