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Products Used


SC-14 Java Bean, SC-15 Tuxedo, SC-16 Cotton Tail, SC-51 Poo Bear, SC-75 Orange - A-Peel, SC-94 Curry Around, S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing

Design Tools

CB-106 - #6 Script Liner, CB-110 - #10/0 Liner, CB-202 - #2 Detail Liner, CB-602 - #2 Soft Fan, BT-910 - Synthetic Sponges


Additional Materials
Pencil, Soda Can, 1½" Circle Template, Download Wing Cutting Template
owl pencil holder


For grade levels 5-8

Cute and funcational! This lesson is based on learning about how ceramics have been used for centuries for various uses in society. In this case, the cup is a pencil holder. Encourage your students to find new functions for their work of art. Teacher can show examples of other ceramic vessels from the past and ask the students if they can identify the purpose of each piece based on its shape and decoration. This is a great way to get your art students thinking about why they make art and why they make certain decisions throughout the process of creating art. 


  • Understand the how texture adds dimension to a work of art
  • Explore artistic mediums with clay, glaze, and how to score and slip attach
  • Learn about the form and function of ceramics throughout art history

National Standards

  • Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
  • Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
  • Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas


Construction Directions:
  1. See instruction on creating a slab.  You'll need a piece for the main cylinder (to fit the size of the soda can selected), 5" x 5" piece for the wings, a circular piece at least ⅛" wider than the cylinder for the cylinder botto, and a 3" x 3" piece for creating eyes
  2. Trace the wing pattern on the 5" x 5" piece and cut out.
  3. Wrap the clay around the soda can. Carve the top of the cylinder to resemble the owl's head and ears.
  4. For the eyes, cut 1½” circles from ¼” clay using circle template; smooth the edges then score and slip to the cylinder. Score the eyelid with a dull pencil.
  5. Make a beak out a small piece of clay and slip attach to the owl between the eyes.
  6. Using a pencil to create "ridges" on the the chest area. Add feather shapes to the chest and the wings.
  7. Score and slip attach the wings. Allow to dry.
  8. Bisque Fire to shelf cone 05/06.

Construction Directions:
  1. Using a CB-106 # 6 Script Liner, apply a wash of SC-94 Curry Around to the wings and chest. Wipe back with a damp sponge.
  2. Using a CB-602 #2 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of SC-94 Curry Around to the body and eyelids of the owl.
  3. Using a CB-202 #2 Detail Liner, apply 3 coats of SC-16 Cotton Tail to the eye area. Apply 3 coats of SC-51 Poo Bear to the iris of the eye and the beak. Float the iris with SC-75 Orange-A-Peel. Apply 2 coats of SC-15 Tuxedo to the pupil and a dot of SC-16 Cotton Tail for a highlight.
  4. Using a CB-106 # 6 Script Liner, float some SC-14 Java Bean on the chest, wings and around the eyes.
  5. Using a CB-602 #2 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of SC-14 Java Bean to the inside of the pencil holder. Allow to dry.
  6. Apply Clear Glaze of Choice. Allow to dry.
  7. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 05/06.

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