This ceramic textured fish project turned out to be a great way
to guarantee even kinders make sturdy creations in clay.
The solution was to give each student a slab of clay and plastic knife, and have them just cut and add shapes to it. It totally kept them from making tiny little things that often fell apart as soon as they dry. I know that when it comes to drawing, young students tend to work small. Maybe that’s true of clay too. The difference is that drawings don’t fall apart because of their size.
• Clay, 25 lb. bag
• Wire clay cutter
• Small container with water
• Plastic knife
• Skewers or sticks
1. Cut a 1″ slab of clay for each student, which is about 8″ square.
2. Students use a skewer to draw as large of a fish shape as possible in the square of clay.
3. The knife is used to cut away the fish shape.
4. The left over pieces of clay are used to make eyes and fins. Surfaces are scratched before they are attached to each other, so they grip and don’t fall off. Water is also used to rub the clay if any cracks appear. Let the art dry until it is no longer cool to the touch.
5. The fish is fired in a kiln.
6. Glaze is painted as desired, and then the fish is fired again.