Clay Fish Plaques

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Students began this lesson by sketching out a fish, using assorted reference photos and pictures to keep the fish realistic looking. We cut out our paper fish and traced it on a rolled slab of clay, using a needle tool to cut the fish shape out of the slab. Add-on additions were applied using the important “Score and Slip” method of joining clay. We also created an ordered pattern with imprinted decorations that utilized everyday objects such as beads, bolts, shells and more! After the initial bisque firing process, students applied a single color of glaze to finish the fish, which went through a second firing to mature the glaze.


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