Friday, June 15, 2012

Ice Cream Cones

Claes Oldenburg "Floor Burger"

The Pop Art style food sculptures of Claes Oldenburg inspired these fun ice cream cone wall sculptures. This is also a great project to discuss 3-D shapes with students.  Have students roll out a slab of clay that is about 3/8th of an inch thick.  I give students a paper template that will make a cone shape when wrapped up, this will also determine how large you want your ice cream cones to be (this one is about 15" tall).  Have students trace the template and cut it out, then wrap up the clay into a cone shape.  Scratch-to-attach the edges together well and let the cone rest wide part down while they add any cone texture they'd like with tools.

Next, using another piece of clay, students will make a sphere about the size of an orange, then make that sphere into a pinch pot by pushing their thumbs into the middle and squeezing around the sides.  This will make the ice cream scoop on top.  Its OK if the pinch pot has lumps or dents on it, it will make it look like a realistic scoop of ice cream.  Advanced students can make a double or triple scoop of ice cream, but be sure to put a hole between each of the scoops so that you are not trapping air (this will make the sculpture explode in the kiln!)

Scratch-to-attach the edges of the cone and the edges of the pinch pot so that they can attach them together.  HINT This part can be a little tricky especially if you are working fairly large.  Use some crumbled up newspaper stuffed inside the cone and pinch pot to help keep the shape while you blend the two together-it will burn out when you fire it in the kiln.  Have students take their time blending both parts together and make sure they are well attached.  The sculpture can be laying flat on the table now.  Have students choose the type of ice cream flavor they want and any extras like a cherry on top or sprinkles and scratch-to-attach them onto the ice cream.  When they are finished building, roll the sculptures over gently so that you can put a hole into the back of them, this will give you something to hang it by when you are finished and it will also prevent it from exploding in the kiln. Fire the pieces and then glaze them will the appropriate colors for the flavor of ice cream!

!!!B CR8IV!!!


  1. Love the ice-cream cone! Thanks for sharing :) I'm ALWAYS looking for new clay ideas! I've added your link to my blogroll, and would love you to visit me at dreampainters!

    1. Thanks Dreampainters! I'll check out your blog!

  2. Hi Jenni! Your blog has impressed me, is wonderful. Congratulations and have a fan. A hug from Barcelona and see you soon.

  3. Jenni, I miss your inspiring posts! Your blog has been my #1 source for clay ideas for my classroom. Are you taking a break from blogging? Do you plan to start posting again at some point?

    1. Hi Jessica,
      Yes, I've been taking a break....hoping to post some more ideas someday soon, but I've gotten busy with my own shows, my classes and my non-profit Glad to hear that I could offer inspiration for your classroom! Stay cr8iv!

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