Category: Making With Clay (page 1 of 2)

Clay Ninja Star

Today I made a big ninja star. I made a paper template using a compass, a very big piece of paper, and scissors. I learned how to use a compass to make circles and make same curves for my blades. Then I cut it out and took a big piece of clay and started to make it into a cube and finally a steak shape with a slight slope. I put it into the slab roller and got a slab and cut it into the ring in the middle of the ninja star and smoothed it the best I can. then I repeated the process until I had the other three blades and used the slip and score technique to stick the blades on the ring and glazed the whole the whole thing. If I redo this I will change the design of the blades and add small blades in between the big ones. But the whole process was smooth, without big problems.

One Day Ceramics (Swirly Pot)

Swirly Pot

I used the extruder to create big coils to make a bowl to decorate my room. The pot is made of white clay, molded in a red bucket. I smoothed the bottom of the coils for extra support. However i did not know that i attached the clay to the bucket. Using the extruder went well because I got my coils quickly and easily. This was a big help because rolling coils by hand is time consuming. However, my coils kept falling after i positioned them, so I smoothed the back of the coils to keep them in place. If I had to do this over again, I would put plastic wrap in between the bucket and the clay so the clay would not stick.

OneDay Creamics (hamsters are awesome!!!!)

Hamsters are Awesome

I made a hamster maze for the One Day project with clay. First, I used the extruder to make big coils for the walls and bottom of the maze. Then while I was waiting for them to dry, I used the slab roller to make slabs and used the construction slip to connect the slabs to the coils to make slab platforms (steps) on the wall. Finally, I finished a big hamster maze. The problem I got during this process was that one of the platforms isn’t stable enough, and keeps falling down. So, I put some newspaper under it to hold it up. If I were going to do it again, I will make some support under the platforms.


Making a Bowl

One reason that has led me to choose this project, precious plastic, is that I am a person who strongly feel about environmentalism. During the project, my first idea was to make a bag/wallet by ironing the plastics together. I tried several times ironing to make the plastics stick to each other. However, plastic curled up after the ironing. I think it was because I ironed for a short time. Another thing I did was the using high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to make a bowl. Firstly, I used scissors to cut the HDPE bottles, and then put the bottles into the extruder. Then, I got lot of small pieces of plastics. Then, I used 380gs of HDPE and then but onto the bowl and then cooked into the oven. After, about a hour I got the heated bowl out and then put the mold on the top of the bowl and then tighten up so it gets squished and then let it cool down. Because of the time, I couldn’t finalize it.

CRISRP (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat)

My Process :

I made two DNA spiral using clay – Plan A and Plan B. Plan A was easy to make, but it wasn’t that realistic, I used two parallel lines of clay (Sugar Phosphate Backbone) wrapped around a cylinder about 20 cm long and then attached it to the base and added the base pairs. Plan B was not hard, but it was risky,  clay just isn’t the kind of material that was made to twist so much, however, we did manage to get it to twist a little, just enough of a DNA. First I made a “Clay ladder”, then I put it on a piece of paper, twisted it and rolled up the paper until it was dry enough to hold its shape on its own, I used different colors to represent the Adenine, Thymine, Guanine, and Cytosine.

What Went Well/ Problem & solution: 

Apparently, luck was on my side, the DNA was unfractured except a few unnoticeable cracks, I solved it by putting more glaze on it.

Doing over :

Technically I already did it over, because after I made plan A, I did plan B which changed a lot.

Square Clay House

I made a box with the slab roller and then turned it into a house. I made a template and copied it with clay. I cut out five 5×5 squares then made two rectangles and 2 other shapes to keep the roof up. I copied that 5 times and used rectangles to keep the roof on top. I tried to smooth the clay but it didn’t really work so the house is bumpy. Something that went well was that the pieces were basically the same shape so it didn’t really need to change that much. A problem I had was that sometimes the sides cracked and fell apart and sometimes when I fixed one part another cracked and fell apart. I used some more construction slip to fill in the cracks and make it stick together. If I did it again I would try to make it a bit bigger because it is kind of small right now.

Bunny Love

For my one-day project I decided to make a replica of my pet bunny but as a bowl. The I got a chunk of white clay and rolled it through the slab roller. Then I folded the edges to make a long narrow bowl. I had to make another one because my first one was too thin but my second one turned out great. After that I made the tail by making a small clay ball and hollowed it. Then I smoothed it on the back of the narrow bowl. I also had to poke a hole in it so that it would not explode in the kiln. Next, I made the head. I made a ball and I hollowed it out with a texture tool. Then I poked two holes through the head to make the eyes and one big hole to make the nose. After that I made the ears my taking a piece of clay and rolling it out. I cut out to ears and I used the score and slip technique to attach them. It was very hard to make because tips of the ears kept breaking but I added another lair of clay to make them strong. After I attached the ears, I had to attach the head to the body, so I took the edge of my narrow bowl and smoothed it onto the bottom of my head and made a neck. The neck was too thin to support the head, so I had to prop it up with some sponges. After that I added more clay to the neck so that it was stronger. Once my bunny dried a bit, Mrs. Winkleman and I flipped my bunny over and I used the score and slip technique to attach the legs. I made the legs by getting two slabs of clay and rolling them into long oval strips. The I hollowed them out and folded the edges to make the feet. Once I was done making my bunny, I glazed it in white glaze and let it dry.


Light of Olympics

First I got the ideas from the Olympics. There was an Olympics in Pyeong Chang. So I decided to make a Olympic torch. Instead of using coil, I used slab of brown clay. The sleeve of the cloths was hollow and a bit thin but it hold a lots of weight. The biggest problem I had was that the hand was failing when it was drying. I fixed the problem by putting some wooden sticks. If I did it again, I would use some lighter clays if I can make a difference.

It’s My Year! (Ceramic Statue)

This Oneday, I made a large doge (Shiba Inu) statue to represent the year of the dog. To create my statue, I needed to use a clay extruder to create many thick coils, then connect them together. I coiled the body then began the creation of the paws and legs. This is when I hit a problem smack bang in the head… or the stomach. The dog’s stomach was bulging out too much. I needed to work the stomach back until it was a more normal shape. This process included trimming and smoothing a lot of clay. I made the paws and legs with two thick blocks of clay. I hollowed them out and rounded them, then bended in the paws. After that, the dog could finally walk… but where was the head? The head was one of the hardest parts of the creation, since I had to maintain its shape and carve the facial features. I kept accidentally destroying the head, and in the end, I had to make a stand. I placed the head on the stand made of a wood block, a wood pole and a ball of newspaper. AGAIN I hit a problem smack bang in the head… this time, a bit closer to the neck. The head was sagging too much! I had to add more coils around the front of the doge’s neck, and finally the head was stable. I smoothed the head on and began texturing with brushes, hair picks and toothbrushes. I had no time to glaze the doge’s body, but it turned out decently. TA-DA! The doge was complete!

Acorn Cookie Jar

The Acorn Cookie Jar is just as it says, a cookie jar in the shape of an acorn. The top of the acorn was easy to shape, even though it was an accident. The first try to make the body of the acorn was a fail as it slowly grew vertically, but  the bottom part of the body was still very stable and well built. I cut off most the upper part of the nut, using the bottom part as the lid (top of the acorn.) Some of the problems with building the Acorn Cookie Jar, was that for most of the day we were in the high school art room. Because of this change of settings, we didn’t know where some of the supplies were. Not only that, but we had to use a different machine to make the big coils that were needed for the big clay structures we were creating. Also, this being the first time of mine to make something of this scale, was very different from the other types of work that I did. One of the more challenging problems that arose, was that making the textures for the acorn was a lot harder than I thought it was. The stalk dried very quickly and wasn’t very stable. One of the problems that I didn’t have control over, was that there wasn’t a lot of time to get the acorn to where I wanted it to be at the end of the day. If I were to do the Acorn Cookie Jar again, I would make the wall higher, by one or two coils, and I would connect the stalk better, and put more detail into the painting of the acorn.


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