Ceramic Cupcakes

cupcakeThis is my very favorite ceramic project, which I save every year for Mother’s Day for kinders. Silicone cupcake liners make the project easy for little artists.

1. Each student gets one cupcake liver and enough clay to make a smooth ball, about 2″ in diameter. They press the ball into the cupcake holder, first pressing in the center and then working the clay against the sides to form a bowl.
2. Students make another 2″ ball and shape it into a small “pinch pot” for the cover.
3. A small piece of clay is used to shape the cherry. Before attaching, the contact points of the cherry and the pinch pot top must be roughed up to assure solid contact. Smooth surfaces don’t adhere well.
4. Let dry in silicone holder for at least 24 hours. Remove when clay is firm, and scratch student names on the bottom.
5. I dry my cupcakes in the sun for a day or two and then fire. Students apply the glaze and then the final firing is done.

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  2. karen
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    That is adorable! I would so put chocolate candies inside to hide them ;)

  3. Anonymous
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    Hi Barbara–
    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!! Two questions…
    1. How do you ensure that students make the top of their cupcake the correct size? (i.e. so that it’s not too big and covers the bottom, or too small and falls in)

    2. Do you poke a hole in the top part to ensure there is an escape for air before firing it?

    Thanks for your help!

  4. Jenny
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    I teach a ceramics class and have run out of ideas, this is absolutely adorable and seems fun for kids. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  5. I absolutely LOVE this project. I’m certain we shall be doing it some time very soon!

  6. Barbara
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    You need to leave the cupcake bottoms in the holders overnight, then remove them when they are relatively hard. Dry them for another couple of days after they are removed, placing them upside down to expose the part that was in the mold.

    We fired ours, then glazed with colors and then fired again. They were gorgeous. And the kids in my class are only 4 1/2 and 5!!!

  7. Erin Lee
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    Do you peel the clay out of the cupcake holder after it is pressed into it, or leave for awhile?

  8. Deanna
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    I LOVE this! I am heading to Michaels this morning.

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