This is a clay Polar Bear project I just completed with Grade 3.
Take a slice of clay and roll to about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut a nice oval base with a wooden skewer.
Using your finger dipped in water smooth the jagged edge left from cutting.
I explain to the students that if we leave this edge that once this piece is fired this could be very sharp and might cut someone.
Take some clay and form 2 back legs and 2 smaller front legs.
Using the "scratch, scratch, water, water" chant we attach these legs to the base.
We want to be sure the 2 surfaces that are touching have been sufficiently scored and moistened so that our clay will "glue" together.
Taking a fair lump of clay (palm sized) form a pear or gourd shape for the body.
Place it on the 4 legs and continue refining until you are happy with the shape. Attach to the 4 legs with the "scratch, scratch, water,water".
Continue to define the shape and pinch out some ears. You want a pointy nose.
I had reference photos for the kids to look at while sculpting.
Using a toothpick we added our names and the year to the base.
Leave bears to dry out for about 2 weeks.
After completing a bisque fire in the kiln, glaze using white and blue underglaze with a clear topcoat.
and that's it! The grade 3's did an awesome job.
See you next time.