- access to a kiln
- poppy reference photos
- a penny nail, wooden skewer, small canvas square to work on
- a rolling pin
- a little cup of water
- a Chinet paper bowl
- wax resist, optional
The Chinet paper bowl is to hold our poppy while it is drying to get that bowl shape. I have 2 class sets and the get used over and over for other bowl like clay projects. The fact that it is paper allows the clay to dry out nicely.
Take your bowl and push down on it at one corner of your slab.
It will leave an imprint so you can cut your base the right size. I use this opportunity to discuss with the kids how you don't want to do this in the center of the slab as you want to ensure you have plenty of room to cut your petals.
Place the base in the paper bowl.
Cut out some poppy shapes. I always stress the use of odd numbers ( looks better design wise) so we were going for 5 or 7.
Write the student's name on the back of one of the petals.
Bisque fire in the kiln.
Glaze with red, wine, and a little purple. You also need black for the center.
Painted Poppies by Grade 1.