Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ceramic Fall Leaves....... Better late than never!

These beautiful fall leaves were made by the second grade students before Thanksgiving, but they never made it to the blog!  Even though there are almost no leaves in sight, I couldn't help posting this image.  The students started the project with a leaf template.  The template was used to cut and shape the clay into the Maple leaf shape.  The 2nd graders used clay tools to carve the veins of the leaves.  For the glaze application we used a type of glaze that I hadn't tried before called color burst glaze.  It has little particles in the liquid glaze that pop open during the firing process.  Some of the color glaze worked and some of it did not.  I will have to do more research to find out why this happened.  They all turned out wonderful even though the color burst glaze didn't work in some cases!

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