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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Chihuly inspired Pottery


I was so excited to get to school today and open the Kiln. I did the first firing of my Chihuly inspired 
4th grade pottery pieces. 
I used Trinity white and stoneware clays that the students rolled into slabs and cut organic circles using various 4 inch to 6 inch circle tracers. 
We used pin tools to trace the circle and smooth the rim. They had a choice to put the slab in or on the back of a bowl that was in a plastic bag to prevent sticking. I added their names when the slab was leather hard. 


I purchase the  Sax True Flow Colorburst Glazes to resemble the Chihuly Macchia glass pieces.


I can't wait to display them.The students are super excited to see them finished too.  I usually wait to do my super cool lesson at the end of the school year to keep students engaged, but I may have to do this one for our Art Night next year! 









13 comments:

  1. Beautiful - lovely flowing shapes, and I especially love the glaze colors.
    :)Elizabeth
    paintersofdreams.blogspot.com

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  3. Love these! Such bright colors! But a quick question...how did you have those stacked in the kiln? They look like they are stacked on top of each other! You must have tall stilts underneath them to keep them from sticking???

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    1. I waxed the bottoms and stacked them on stilts nd the spare shelf stilts.

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  4. Absolutely fabulous! I have seen so many Chihuly projects (including my own) and these are the best. Kudos to your students. Thanks so much for posting.

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    1. Thank you! This lesson was such a collaboration of teachers and students. The color burst glazes were the key!

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  5. WOW!

    Beth, these are absolutely gorgeous. Might you consider submitting an article about this project, with hi-res photos, to Arts & Activities magazine for editorial review?

    Please email me if this interests you, and I will provide more details.

    Thanks so much!

    Maryellen Bridge

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  6. I am learning about glazes and such for our homeschool co-op. These glazes you used (which are beautiful) are the low fire glazes?

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  7. I absolutely love these and your blog! I really want to do these with my fifth grade now!

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