Friday, October 21, 2011

4th Grade Sunflowers


4th Grade students started this year off with SUNFLOWERS! Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, 4th grade students created an observational drawing of a vase of sunflowers. Once their pencil drawings were complete, students used torn pieces of colored paper to create a mosaic work of art.
  

Their next project included making sunflower bowls out of clay. This is especially exciting since this is the first class of the year to use clay that will be fired in our new kiln!



Steps to create a Sunflower Bowl:

1. Each student starts with a fist sized lump of clay.
2. Wedge clay as usual (to get all the air bubbles out!)
3. Roll the clay into 14"slabs using rolling pins and two guide sticks (this will help to get an even slab).
4. Using a pencil, or other pointy tool, lightly draw a sunflower onto the clay (making sure not to puncture the slab!). 
4. Use a sharp trimming tool to cut the outline of the sunflower.
5. Smooth the rough edges with one finger and a little water.
6. Lay plastic wrap inside of a disposable paper bowl. Lay your clay sunflower inside the bowl and gently press it down to take its new shape.
7. Dry for several days before firing in the kiln.

Glazing

Take a look at this post Glazing 101!
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Monday, October 17, 2011

NEW Button Necklaces!

Several NEW button necklaces for sale!






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Thursday, October 13, 2011

NEW WEBSITE!

I have alot of new and exciting stuff going on lately. First off, I just created my first real website! I'd love hear some feedback - what works, what doesn't, what you do like, what you don't like, tips, tricks, etc.etc. You can check it out at http://www.stuckinthemudpottery.com/

Artsy photo of The Shirt Factory

Secondly, I just rented out studio space at the The Shirt Factory in Glens Fall, NY. I'm very excited to be working amoung such a diverse group of artists. If you aren't familiar with The Shirt Factory you can check that out here http://shirtfactorygf.com/.

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