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9-12 Grades: Women's History Month 

Products Used

  • MB-131 Large Oval Platter
  • SG-401 Black, SC-6 Sunkissed, SC-15 Tuxedo, SC-43 Lettuce Alone, SC-74 Hot Tamale, SC-78 Lime Light, S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper, BT-910 Synthetic Sponge, CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner, CB-404 #4 Pointed Round, CB-604 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Pencil, Scissors, Palette,
    Download: Pattern


364.Frida Kahlo Inspired Plate
Designer: Adena Griffith



For grade levels 9-12

Women's History Month is an important celebration of women's contributions to history, culture and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987. Throughout the years, Women's rights have been pioneered by every title from housewives, secretaries, to teachers - who were all willing to sacrifice for their beliefs for the betterment of women everywhere. These advocates helped gain access to advanced learning, and are the cornerstone for the rights women have today.

Artists, famously like Frida Kahlo, and others such as Clarice Cliff and Faith Ringgold, have also made impacts on society by documenting these strides for women. Cliff, an english apprentice potter in the early 20th Century, rose to become the head of the factory artistic department of the Royal College of Art. And Ringgold, one of the most famous women artists of her generation, grew up in Harlem during the Great Depression. The hardships of racism, sexism, and segregation she experienced in her every day life, inspired her work and continued throughout her career.

In this lessos, students will research and create artwork based on the study of women's rights throughout history. From women's suffrage, to equal pay in today's world, women continue to fight for their rights, and their stories are inspirational. 


  • Students will learn the history of women's rights in America and around the world, by reserching a particular time period, or women pioneers in history that interest them. 

  • Students will sketch various patterns and styles to create a ceramic platter, and choose on that defines the women in that culture, or style they studied about.

  • Students will create unique ceramic platters that are inspired by their research.

National Standards

  • VA:Cr1.2.Ia: Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present- day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.
  • VA:Cr1.2.IIIa: Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.
  • VA:Cr2.1.IIa: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.


  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Apply three coats of FN-004 Red to the back of the plate using the CB-604 Soft Fan brush.
  3. Using the AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper and a pencil trace the pattern onto the face of the plate.
  4. Use the SG-401 Black Designer Liner to go over the traced lines.
  5. Use the CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner to fill in the blocks of SC-15 Tuxedo on the portrait.
  6. Use the same brush and glaze watered down to create the gray hues of the face. Use the image for reference.
  7. Use SC-43 Lettuce Alone and SC-78 Lime Light to puddle in the glaze using the CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner to the leaves.
  8. Use SC-6 Sunkissed, SC-43 Lettuce Alone, SC-74 Hot Tamale, and SC-78 Lime Light and the CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner to glaze the butterflies. Outline the wings with one color then when the glaze is still damp add another to blend the colors as you go.
  9. Once the glazes are completely dry apply two coats of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing Glaze to the front of the plate using the CB-604 Soft Fan brush.
  10. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06/05.


Here are 2 other projects inspired by history women figures: 

365.Clarice Cliff Inspired Plate

Clarice Cliff Inspired Plate 

 361.Anyone Can Fly

Faith Ringgold Inspired Canvas

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