Hand building with clay can be a tricky thing! It can be messy, but also lots of fun. One simple lesson we use to introduce the hand building process is clay roses. You can make them in any size and thickness and are a wonderful way to get used to the feel and malleability of stoneware clay.
First thing we do is pinch off and roll up different sized balls of clay, going biggest to smallest. Once you have them ready, flatten them out like the picture below.
TOP: Step 1 BOTTOM: Step 2
Each flattened out clay ball is a rose petal. Next, you will place each petal slightly on top of the one next to it. Once every “petal” is touching, you start to roll the rose.
START WITH THE SMALLEST PETAL FIRST – roll smallest to largest.
Once you have all of the petals completely rolled in to each other you can pinch off any extra clay at the bottom of the rose. Sometimes it gets bulky towards the bottom and you can pinch to taper off the edge.
After you have your rose coiled you can smooth out any edges and make leaves to apply from the bottom. It sounds more complicated than it is!
Here is an example.
After it is dried, it’s glazed and put in the kiln.
We love it and kids love it, roses made easy 🙂
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