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Monday, March 14, 2011

Clay Heart In Hand




My Young Fives (little kinders) made these clay hand plaques for their mamas. Aren't they adorable?
I pre-cut some circles for the backgrounds using a large cookie cutter. By the way, I now have a slab-roller and it has made my life SOOOOO much easier! I LOVE it! I highly recommend purchasing one. Ok, back to the topic at "hand." *groan*



Using a tapestry needle, the students cut around their own hand from a slab of clay. Finger lines were added using the needle also. Then, they pressed a heart shaped cutter in to the clay, making sure that they don't cut all the way through.






I demonstrate scoring and slipping next. They use the needles again to score the clay surfaces.




The students then add the liquid clay slip to both pieces and wiggle their clay hands in place on the circle.


I go around and add two small holes for hanging using a milk straw.


After firing the plaques, the kids glazed the hearts using Stroke & Coat glazes and the circles using Crystalites. The hands were left unglazed, although I added a clear glaze to the entire piece to add shine.


Great job, Kinder-Smarters!

So this one has an etra finger. Oops! Too cute, though.


6 comments:

  1. These are so sweet!

    Have you seen the clay ladies solution to slip? She uses a toothbrush and water… no slip. I love the change in my classroom. Check out her site, I bought her video and there was no disappointments.

    http://www.theclaylady.com/

    PS… I don't know the Danielle (the clay lady) at all, I just really like her little tricks.

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  2. VERY USEFYL & BEAUTIFUL THINGS.I AM KINDENGARTEN TEACHER FROM GREECE. THANK YOU

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  3. SO COOL! Connie says "it's the kissing hand!"

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  4. Can you please tell me the make and model of the slab roller you purchased? I am having a hard time deciding on one!

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  5. Which slab roller did you purchase? I cannot decide on one. Thanks!

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  6. Here is a link to the slab roller I have:
    http://www.dickblick.com/products/bailey-minimight-slab-roller/

    Hope that helps!
    Denise

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