Fourth Grade Leaf Bowls
I love these fun fall leaves. They are quite easy to do if you are fortunate enough to have a kiln at your
Each student starts with a fist sized lump of potters
clay. Review and complete wedging of the clay as usual (to prepare it from air bubbles, etc.)
Simply roll the clay into 1/4" slabs using rolling pins and two guide sticks which help you get an even result.
Place a large leaf over the clay- facing up so that the veins are down. I have them select leaves as big as their hand- spread wide. Roll the leaf twice to press the design into the clay.
Use a sharp trimming tool (thin/long nails, an opened thick paper clip or better clay tools work well here) to cut the outline of the leaf shape.
Smooth the rough edges with one finger and a bit of water.
Lay some plastic wrap, a paper towel or a thin cotton cloth inside of a disposable paper bowl. Lay your clay leaf inside of the bowl and gently press it down to take its new shape.
Dry for several days and kiln process as usual.
I love to use Sax colorburst glazes for fantastic fall results!
Have fun with this one!