Sgraffito tiles: terracotta clay and white slip

This activity was done by Daniela De Luca, a restorer-potter who leads workshops at Primary Schools, Summer camps and leisure centers. These tiles were created at the Mezzocorona Primary School (Trento, Italy) , by children of Grade 5. The tiles are made of Terracotta, a red-brown porous earthenware clay. To begin, cut 1,5-2 cm –thick slabs off the bag of clay. Put the slab between two pieces of … [Read more...]

Instructions for tiles decorated with pasta

Some teachers have asked me to draw some simple instructions for making ceramic tiles decorated with pasta. Here is an instruction sheet for use even with younger children ... I hope you find it useful! … [Read more...]

An Egyptian sarcophagus ceramic

With the technique of slabs of clay here is an activity for the children of the Primary School on the subject of Ancient Egypt. The realization of a box-sarcophagus  with a mummy inside! The box was painted with engobes after the first firing and then glazed for the second firing. Here are the phases of construction. … [Read more...]

Tiles imprinted with pasta

A simple and brilliant idea to be realized at school with clay slabs: colored tiles imprinted with different shapes of pasta. Farfalle, penne, fusilli or spaghetti become interesting tools to create texture on the smooth surface of the fresh clay. You can create abstract designs, patterns or small landscapes ... giving space to the imagination. To color the tiles after the first firing I used the … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

Small ceramic house-box

The slabs of clay can be used for lots of different projects. This  project needs precision  in measuring, cutting and assembling the slabs and the consistence of clay must be not too soft. Remember to use "slurry" clay to join the slabs on the edges, after  having scratched the surfaces to be joined. The surface of the box may be textured, carved or decorated, and in the same way you can build a … [Read more...]

Ceramic slab boxes

We used the slab technique for make these boxes. After the first fire we painted with engobe colours and then we glaze them. With second fire we fixed colours and glaze, here is the result! … [Read more...]

Ceramic soap dish with leaf’s print

This is red clay, we added texture with leaves pressing them on the clay slab, then we put the slab in a small dish to give it the curved shape (it's possible also to dry it with a hairdryer).  When it is dry you fire in the kiln and paint the leaf impression with dark brown, then you can sponge it off. The light color is the last color we've painted. The colors are like SLIP COLORED CLAY, but … [Read more...]

Ceramic: little house to hang

Another idea, very easy to do with thin slab of clay and coloured with glazed engobe colours. … [Read more...]

Mexican sun

Inspired by the Mexican pottery this "sun" is made from a slab of clay leaned on an upturned plate, then cut and shaped. After preparing a project and then finished the first firing, the sun was decorated with Engobes and then glazed. … [Read more...]