Friday, January 30, 2015

ceramics 4

This term I'm running a ceramic club. For the first project the children made simple 'sitting' slab figures.
We bisque fired them and then used acrylics to decorate. In the time available it would have been very difficult to glaze them to the same level of detail. For our next pieces I've promised that we will be using glazes!

We might 'varnish' them for added protection.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ceramics 3

Y2 'rice' bowls all glazed, fired and finished.

I like the way the blue has run into the white.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


In y5/6 this week we've been completing our sarcophagi. Simple boxes, made from card and decorated with pens, house little booklets in the shape of a mummy! The children are going to add fascinating facts in the books about the gruesome process of mummification.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Today, as part of their studies about toys, the Y1's created some 'talking' and 'moving' puppets. They used clothes pegs to operate the 'mouths' and utilised paper fasteners to allow the limbs to move.
These are my examples that I used to show the principle features to the children. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

ceramics 2

Today, the y2's managed to underglaze and decorate their 'rice' bowls. They're in the kiln as I type - hope they turn out ok - the children are expecting to be able to eat out of them during their upcoming Chinese feast.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Our y2's are in the throes of making rice bowls (to tie with their studies about China). They've been bisque fired and are awaiting glazing tomorrow.

Meanwhile, we've got some new ceramics pens in school so I thought I'd try them out on an old IKEA plate. Just got to put them in the kiln when it's on a 'drying' program to fix them.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

draw like an Egyptian!

In y5/6 (we have mixed classes) we've been looking at Ancient Egyptian images. We talked about the common features and then sketched figures. We then had a go at drawing self-portraits in a similar style.