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 Skull’ project in ceramics class, I was all for it! I assumed I could find a plethora of Ceramic Sugar Skull projects online to choose from, but that was not the case!
After searching high and low (and coming up empty-handed), I decided I’d have to create a Ceramic Sugar Skull project myself. I’m still tweaking this one, so be sure to check back for updates! But my students loved making these and were very happy with the results!
You will need (in addition to clay, *kiln, some glazes, and brushes):
- foam plates
- newspaper (one sheet, approx. 12×12)
- pencil, pen, or marker for drawing/tracing template shape
- fettling knife (or a needle tool) for cutting extra clay from your slab
- assorted stamps and objects for making impressions and textures in the clay
- plastic straw for making a hole for hanging
3. Make a template from another foam plate. (The template can be shared between several students, as each will need it for only a minute.)
To make a template, trace your plate onto a piece of newspaper, cut it out and fold your circle in half. Then draw half of a skull on the fold, and cut. Open your paper, trace the skull outline onto a foam plate and cut away the two side sections.
*No kiln? No problem! This project can also be done with air dry clay and painted with acrylic paint!
You can find more of my Dia de los Muertos projects here!