Working With Ceramics


Creating Simple Clay Sculptures

The world is full of objects, and creating them often takes someone who has mastered the art of sculpting. For students in school, clay is the preferred material for teaching them the beginning techniques that lead to this art form. Part of the beauty of clay is its ability to hold many different shapes, and students have long found it a fascinating material to help them experience the forms locked in their imagination. Educators are often surprised by the students they teach, and it gives them an opportunity to learn just as much as their students.

Shaping clay is relatively simple, and it is a medium that can be finished in many different ways. Young students will often be given projects that are simply dried without further embellishment. If they are old enough, the teacher might decide to let them paint their projects before taking them home. Older students who have taken more advanced art classes will often have the opportunity to learn how to shape clay for firing, but it is important to teach them how to deal with their piece being damaged during the process.

Firing clay pieces can be a risky business, and using a kiln is generally reserved for adults. Students wishing to create their own sculptures and firing them are often well past early education, and many of them will go on to work in an artistic field. For those who are willing to skip lessons on firing, they can concentrate on adding glazes to their textured sculpture. There are many different types and colours available today, and each one has its own set of properties that student must learn before use.

Creating even a simple clay sculpture can be an exercise for all students, and it can become a cherished piece of art by parents. Students who find it a compelling substance to shape may move on to more advanced classes, and they could retain their interest as adults.