Opening the kiln is like opening a Christmas gift every time during these glaze firings! I am so proud of my students' work on their ceramic pieces. I have to admit I was a little worried about those gnomes and houses, but they are turning out amazing! We had a just a few casualties during the greenware and bisque firing phase, but we were able to make a lot of the repairs during the glaze firings.
All loaded up and ready to put in the display case!
Students had the option to put something in their gnomes hands or arms. We had fish, birds on nests, nests with eggs in them, ice cream cones, flowers, and even a baby gnome! They were so creative!
One tiny house even looked like one of HGTV's tiny homes. :)
I had planned to wait until I had more pieces ready to post, but these are so beautiful I had to post a few pics! This project has been a lengthy process, between all of the steps and so many students missing days for the flu that hit our county hard. Now the weather has turned warm and everything outside is blooming and beautiful, just like these amazing pieces!
I know... those paper sculptures have lived in the display case for a while, but they looked so great with the pottery so I left a few. :)
In case you missed my previous post, the underglazes made our pieces look like this:
Easter pottery anyone?
Then we coated with a few coats of clear, which really made my students anxious! The clear gloss glaze has an aqua tint that completely covers their beautiful colors, but fires clear. I had to reassure them over and over that it would not ruin their colors!
These houses, along with 7th grade’s gnomes, are in the kiln firing to their beautiful splendor as I type! More pics to come!
Glaze is going on our ceramic pieces this week! The kids are so excited. They've been begging for weeks to glaze their pottery, but I wanted to have everything done and fired first. We are using underglazes for color, because I have a TON of them in my storage room, and then we will coat everything with clear glaze tomorrow.
I almost wished they stayed these pastel Easter colors! Ha!
We have started clubs the 3rd quarter, and my club is art! Big surprise there! :) For our first project, we've been working on these amazing origami sculptures. I used to do these in 5th grade when I taught elementary art, but it was a tad difficult for that age. 6-8 grade level is perfect for it. We started by making the cube, which uses 6 of the same unit folds. It was a review for many of them, since I taught at two of the feeder schools for this middle school, so that was pretty neat. Some of them were able to help the others who had never done the cube before, and we were able to quickly move on to our 12 piece sculptures.
Hooray! My kiln is fixed! I was able to fire 1st semester art projects a few weeks ago and get them out of the way so we could start clay with 2nd semester. My 6th graders are working on coil pots, and they are so beautiful my other grade levels are wanting to make these too! I'll post their projects later, but 7th is making gnomes and 8th is making houses! I can't wait to see these finished up!
Our next big project for 2nd semester were these amazing reptiles and amphibians! We drew them together and then students were allowed to have a little creative freedom with the colors. We discussed blending with paint and how to use analogous colors to achieve depth and dimension in their shapes. Our hallway is now a burst of color! :)