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Products Used

Mold

CD-777 Oval Slump/Hump

Color 

S-2718 Cosmic Black, SC-15 Tuxedo, SC-16 Cotton Tail, SC-27 Sour Apple, SC-36 Irish Luck, SC-71 Purple-licious

Design Tools

BT-910 Synthetic Sponge, CB-106 #6 Script Liner, CB-110 #10/0 Liner, CB-404 #4 Pointed Round, CB-604 #4 Soft Fan

Additional Materials
Pencil, Paper Towels, Palette, Moist Clay, ¼" Wood Slats, Canvas, Rolling Pin, Sand Bag, Fettling Knife, Slip/Clay Slurry, Paper Towels, Pencil, Sponge, 16 Gauge Copper Wire, Epoxy
 
Cat Mask

Description

For grade levels 1-4

Have students familiarize themselves with the facial anatomy of a cat.  Assignment can include bringing in a picture of a cat - or their pet cat - and having them create a likeness of the photo.

Objectives

  • Students will learn the steps of creating with clay including construction, bisque firing, glazing, and glaze firing

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

Instructions

Construction Technique:
  1. Roll clay ¼" thick between ¼" wood slats. Slump clay over the CD-777 Oval Hump mold. Press into shape with a sand bag. Trim off excess with a needle tool.
  2. Use a pencil or needle tool to etch features of a cat's face into the clay.
  3. Form face features with clay (ears, nose, mouth, etc.) and add to the cat's face. Place holes in the muzzle at an angle for the whiskers.
  4. Allow to completely dry.
  5. Bisque fire to shelf cone 04.
Glazing Directions:
  1. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of S-2718 Cosmic Black to the face. Only use 2 coats on the nose, inside of ears, brows and under the eyes.
  2. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply 3 coats of SC-16 Cotton Tail to the muzzle and the corner of the eyes.
  3. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply 2 coats of SC-71 Purple-licious over the S-2718 Cosmic Black on the nose, brow, under eyes and inside of the ears.
  4. Paint the iris of the eyes with SC-27 Sour Apple and shade with SC-36 Irish Luck. Use SC-15 Tuxedo for the pupil and the nose. Using a CB-110 #10/0 Liner, outline eyes and muzzle.
  5. Spatter SC-15 Tuxedo on the muzzle with an old toothbrush.
  6. Clean any glaze out of the holes in the muzzle before firing.
  7. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06.
  8. Glue in copper wire for the whiskers with an epoxy.

 

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