Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Many Hands Bowl

Hand bowls are a fun and easy way for students to work with slabs. You'll need a small bowl for each student and have them line it with a piece of newspaper to keep the clay from sticking.  Then start by rolling out a large slab of clay that is about 3/8ths of an inch thick and have students trace their hand 3-4 times.  HINT: You can add texture to your clay at this point if you want or keep the clay smooth.  Cut out the hands and smooth out the edges.  Lay the first hand into the bowl letting the fingers rest on the edges, then scratch the bottom of the hand.  Lay the next hand in the bowl scratching and attaching where it overlaps with the first hand and adjusting the fingers position as desired.   Continue with the rest of the hands until the bowl is formed.  You can add the students name and age in the bottom on the hand bowl if desired with rubber ABC stamps. Let the hands dry in the bowl and when dry, CAREFULLY remove from the bowl to bisque fire.  Then glaze making sure to cover all the edges of the hands then glaze fire.

!!! B CR8IV!!!

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