Bisque Animal Pots

Bisque animal pots.

Bisque animal pots.

2nd graders are in the process of making animal pots!  We use clay skills that we acquired in kindergarten and first grade and add a new technique: score and slip!  First, students filled out a planning sheet.  They drew and labelled a sketch with their animal to help guide them when they begin working in clay.  We started by building pinch pots to form the animal body.  Then, students referred to their planning sheets to help them build legs, tails, heads, wings, and any other necessary parts.  We used toothbrushes to scratch up the surfaces to be joined (scoring) and add wet clay to help the pieces adhere (slip).  Students also used their thumbs to smudge and blend the joined edges together.  I remind students that every step in score and slip is important and cannot be skipped; if you do, you run the risk of your animal’s parts falling off!  Mrs. Pittore and Mrs. McCarthy’s classes left their pots out to dry over the winter break.  I’ve just pulled them out of the kiln and they look fantastic!  At this stage, the clay is bisque.  It has been fired once in the kiln, but it hasn’t been glazed yet.  That is our next step!