The paper bags made of clay


With  slabs of clay we created these elegant handbags copying them from  paper bags that you find in the shops. The surface was imprinted with flowers to create a texture inspired by nature. After the first firing the handbags have been decorated with underglaze colors and  have been glazed for the second fire. The final touch has been to add the black rope as handles, as in the real handbags.






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  1. Naomi Swyers says:

    These are fabulous! I teach Middle School Art in Virginia and just happened on to your site, LOVE IT!

    • Thank you Naomi! Nice to meet you on the web, we can share our ideas, I’m teaching in middle school too… but in Italy! Keep in touch!

  2. Hello Miriam! I am a middle school teacher in Marietta, Georgia. I have been following your site for about 1 year now. You always have such clever ideas. Thank you for sharing your beautiful projects!

    • Hi Carole! I’m honored to meet you and be able to follow andthat my site for a long time. I am happy to share with you my ideas! Thanks for your comment, see you soon on the web!

  3. Alicia Buck says:

    Hi Miriam, Love, love, love this project! Help me out here. . . what is the best way to make the sides of the bags? Any tips! I can’t wait to do this!

  4. Hi Miriam,
    I have some questions to your wonderful bags….
    I would like to know the size. Do you make a paper template for the students?
    Have you tried vinegar instead of slab – I’ve read about it, but never tried…? Thought it might be easier …


    • Hi Tina! The big bags is around 13-14 centimeters wide and the smaller is 11 cm. I showed it directly, folding and assembling the slabs in front of my students ( I prepared the sample at home).
      I’ve never tried vinegar instead of slab… I have to try it!

  5. Elissa Smith says:

    Brilliant Miriam. You’re a STAR!!! I am going to do this with my Year 8 students.

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