Clay, Wonderful Clay!

Ask any Georgetown artist to tell you about their favorite art project, and the answer will always be…anything clay!  Here’s a peek at some of the clay projects we are working on.


Fifth grade knee bowls – roll a slab and form a bowl on your knee.  Who knew your knee could be a perfect bowl shape?


Fourth grade slab picture frames.


Third grade coil pots – we’ll squeeze some clay through a garlic press and add it to the top to create a bird nest!

Second grade slab houses – can’t wait to add the texture and details.

First grade pinch pots with texture.

Kindergarten texture necklaces – they can’t wait to finish these and wear them home!

Soon we’ll be adding more details to finish up these projects, and then the firing begins.

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2 thoughts on “Clay, Wonderful Clay!

  1. This clay work is great! I’ve been wanting to break into clay with my art kiddos as well. What kind of clay do you use? I’m looking for a good clay that I can bake in my oven to dry instead of a kiln (no access to one). Thank you!

  2. Thanks Katie. I use a student grade white clay and fire it in our kiln. You can try Amoco’s Air Dry Clay; doesn’t need to be oven baked, just let it air dry. I’ve had good luck with it if you don’t try anything too fancy; parts tend to crack off easily if the kids don’t slip/score the surfaces carefully. The air dry clay is nice for easy finishing; kids can paint it with acrylics and if you add a coat of shellac or modge-podge it will be sturdier and have a nice gloss finish. You can also press objects into the clay – such as beans or feathers – and they will be secure, and not burn off in a kiln or oven! One of my colleagues who does not have a kiln has done the clay house project shown here with lots of success, and bowls work well with the air-dry clay too. Good luck!

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