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Cassie Stephens: Clay Mugs for Kids!

Cassie Stephens: Clay Mugs for Kids!

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Hi, friends! My students are wrapping up one of the clay projects they created and I thought I’d share. Last year, my first through fourth created clay mugs and it was easily everyone’s favorite clay project. When I shared that we were working with clay again, a few weeks ago, their first question was “are we making mugs again?!” I had already planned on it…so they were excited to hear the answer. Once mugs are complete, we celebrate by drinking hot chocolate out of them…so it’s a whole lot of fun. 

This year, I created a video to share with them. Because I have 30 minute art classes, I only showed the pinch pot portion and a bit of coil making for the first class. The second class, we did a brief coil making reminder and then watched the portion about creating a handle. The video helped them trouble shoot and get their mugs completed in just two 30 minute classes!

This week, we started glazing! They were told they could use any two colors of glaze, one for the inside and one for the outside. They were to do at least three coats of their chosen colors and not to glaze the bottom. Once complete, they could join me at the splatter glaze station!

When my students were finished glazing, they could help a friend or work on the large banners I created to announce our upcoming art show! 

We used Prang’s Creativity Street Tempera Sticks to color these with.

The glaze we used are from two companies and I like them both: Mayco’s Stroke and Coat and Amaco’s Teacher’s Palette. Both are food safe and fire to cone 06.

When introducing clay to your students, you might find this video fun to share:


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