Third graders learned different ways of transforming a pinch pot into a container. After experimenting with plasticine, students created an animal container using clay. After the sculptures were fired, students painted them with tempera paint.
The fourth graders have finished creating their clay spoons, so we took a little time during class today to reflect on the process:
1. Explain what a symbol is in your own words.
S: Something that represents someone or something.
L: Something that represents your favorite hobby.
2. What symbols did you include on your spoon?
F: A basketball, a football, and a monkey
Sh: A neuron, a fish, a bowl of rice, and a book
B: A snowman, a smiling face (to represent that I like comedy), an ambered colored book (to represent my favorite history book)
T (4S): Lollipop, paintball pellet, ipad
B (4S): I included a lego brick, a marker, scientific beaker, a piece of quantum foam
G(4S): I have a cupcake, an Iviva shopping bag, a music note, and a soccer ball.
H (4S): Belgian flag, a tiger, a basketball, a soccer ball, and skis.
A (4S): A music note, a Hersey’s Kiss, a turtle, and theatre masks.
D (4Ge): A paintbrush and an art palette, an ice skate, a tiger, and an ice cream cone.
T (4Ge): A watercolor case and brush, a cupcake, and a math equation.
A (4Ge): A soccer ball, a dog’s paw print, and a sun.
3. What is one thing you learned about the clay process?
N: There are lots of steps. One of them is shaping the clay.
K: I learned that when you want to make a bowl or something round, you can make a pinch pot first.
M: You have to be patient and let the clay dry before you glaze it.
D (4S): Clay is messy.
S (4S): When you don’t want your clay to dry, put it in a plastic bag.
G (4S): You need to smooth the clay, so that when you paint it it looks nice.
4. What is one thing you learned about glazing?
Na: If you want the glaze to be dark (without white spots), use three layers of glaze.
E: Most of the time the colors look different after they come out of the kiln (because the glaze melts).
T (4S): The chemicals get heated by the kiln and change.
A (4Ge): You don’t put glaze on the bottom of the spoon. Because otherwise it will stick when you put it in the kiln.
5. Imagine your friend wants to make a clay spoon. What tips/advice would you give him/her?
J: Don’t be surprise if your glaze looks different because after it goes in the kiln it might change colors.
V: Paint three layers (or more) of glaze so the colors show up better.
A: Look at the samples to match the glaze colors you want.
G (4S): Smooth your clay so you don’t see any cracks.
D (4S): Don’t glaze the bottom of your spoon, otherwise it will get stuck to the kiln.
The seventh grader’s mugs have been glazed and are finished! Students had to transform their mug somehow and I love the variety of objects students chose and the ways that they created their handles, attached details, and layered glazes.