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Products Used


Low-fire clay body (Cone 06/05)


FN-001 White, FN-009 Black, SC-11 Blue Yonder, SC-15 Tuxedo, SC-6 Sunkissed, SC-74 Hot Tamale, SC-75 Orange-A-Peel

Design Tools

AC-213 Sponge on a Stick 1¼” Diameter, BT-910 Synthetic Sponges, ST-379 Totem Blanket Stamp

Additional Materials
6" Tile, Paper, Pencil, Scissors, Paper Towel
native american inspired tile


For grade levels 1-4

Students will learn to create and use templates as part of their design process. While this project features Native American themes it can easily be adapted to meet a variety of cross-curriculum 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


Glazing Directions:
  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 Bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft fan, apply 2 Coats of FN-009 Black to the tile.
  3. Cut out the various shapes and patterns.
  4. Place the paper cut out on the tile, brush some water under the paper, then press the paper into the glaze. Pat with a paper towel to remove excess water. Make sure to remove any gaps in the edges of the paper.
  5. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 1 coat of FN-001 White over the tile.
  6. When dry to touch, using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, brush heavily on the following colors in a random, patchy fashion: SC-6 Sunkissed, SC-11 Blue Yonder, SC-75 Orange-A-Peel, SC-74 Hot Tamale. Immediately, with a paper towel, pat the colors to blend them together.
  7. Don’t forget the placement of the paper designs, they will be hard to find after the final step.
  8. When dry to the touch, using the AC-213 Sponge on a Stick load the Sponge with SC-15 Tuxedo.Tap the SC-15 Tuxedo onto the ST-379 Totem Blanket Stamp then press the stamp gently onto the tile.
  9. Remove the paper. Allow to dry.
  10. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06.


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