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 be fewer of these projects than the more common 2D work that’s brought home, making them extra special by way of rarity. These items often serve a function in the home as well. Whatever the reason, most people agree that ceramics projects are lasting, personal, unique, and even useful.
So, here’s a very easy project that’s perfect not only for Valentine’s Day, but also Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any day you want to say, “I Love You!”
(If you don’t have access to a kiln and glazes, you can still enjoy this project using air dry clay, acrylic paint, and Mod Podge as a sealer. Just keep in mind that if you do, your finished piece will not be safe for use with food or candles!)
Here’s all you do:
1. Roll out a thin slab of clay, about 3/8” or so.
2. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the shape of your choice. Or make a template of any shape (plastic lids work great) to cut around with a needle tool or a fettling knife. Freeform shapes are fun, too!
4. Turn the edges up slightly all the way around, like a pie crust. This is what turns a ‘tile’ into a ‘trinket dish’…. perfect for rings, jewelry, coins, pills, or paper clips!
(Stay tuned for more later on making your own clay stamps and texture rollers!)