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Ceramics

Create With Clay Projects for K-3

Create With Clay Projects for K-3

By on Jan 27, 2016 | 2 comments

As much as I like watching kids color and paint, there is absolutely no substitute for the tactile experience of clay. I am lucky to have a kiln at my school but not everyone does. You may be a home-educator who doesn’t own a kiln (nor should you!) or even a classroom teacher who prefers to work without the kiln-experience. While it’s true that it’s hard to...

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Car-themed Collaborative Ceramic Mural

Car-themed Collaborative Ceramic Mural

By on Sep 1, 2015 | 1 comment

The 6th grade car mural completed last Spring, marked the 10th year I facilitated a collaborative ceramic tile mural project. Within that span, 12 murals were created to help graduating 6th graders leave their mark. It’s been the most wonderful experience; bringing parents, teachers, district personnel and students together. After I posted 5 or 6 murals on...

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Kimmy Cantrell Inspired Ceramic Tile Mural

Kimmy Cantrell Inspired Ceramic Tile Mural

By on Jun 3, 2014 | 3 comments

The most anticipated projects of the year for my sixth grade students is the theme selection and creation of a ceramic tile mural. Starting around January, the sixth grade teachers and I start bouncing around some ideas.  This year, we considered Egyptian Art (no gold underglaze available), Rainforest, Endangered Animals and a few more. I ended up with a Kimmy...

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Pinch Pot Animals for Kinder and First Grade

Pinch Pot Animals for Kinder and First Grade

By on Apr 9, 2014 | 22 comments

At the request of one of my Kinder teachers (who showed me a very cute ceramic cat and bird inspiration piece), I created a seemingly simple pinch pot lesson for my 3 Kinder Classes. My goal was to teach a basic clay pinch pot to my Kinders but create three different animals: a cat, a bird and a mouse. Here are the two inspiration pieces… Pretty cute, right? I...

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How to make a Coil Pot

How to make a Coil Pot

By on Oct 21, 2013 | 21 comments

Making coil pots is a standard practice in many art rooms, but for me, I held off teaching them for over six years. For some reason, they scared the dickens out of me.  I had seen far too many elaborate coil pots photographs that I couldn’t imagine my students completing a project of this scale in the time period that I had. My concerns were justified because...

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America the Beautiful Ceramic Tile Mural

America the Beautiful Ceramic Tile Mural

By on Jun 3, 2013 | 9 comments

Another year has passed and with it another ceramic tile mural graces our school’s inner courtyard. I can’t think of a better way for our graduating students to celebrate their years at elementary school than by creating their own personal art legacy. I have documented the process of creating these beautiful murals in my Ceramic Mural Project Booklet. I...

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