I was in need of a new third grade clay lesson.
I was over on the Facebook Art teachers group asking for ideas earlier this year,
and someone mentioned TP slab vases.
I love clay and I also love making slab raku vases!
This was a workshop I attended a few years ago with art teachers.
This is one of my first raku fired pieces.
So here is what I did to give my kids the faux experience.
These are pictures of the steps my student's did in two class periods.
I wrapped a paper towel around the tube so it can be pulled out when leather hard.
I pre-sliced a slab and cut that slab in half.
These rubber texture tools came from School Specialty many years ago. They rolled it on the slab.
This helped stretch the clay so that they could overlap a seam. I really encouraged problem solving.
A base was scored and slipped onto the bottom.
After bisque firing they used two analogous neon oil pastels to add color on the raised areas.
We painted with india ink diluted with water. This created the faux Raku, or smokey finish.
I added a coat of Modge Podge too.
We added tissue flowers on day three for our Open House Flower themed displays.