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October 2016

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 25 Images, top to bottom: Christopher Franco, Katelyn Debusk, Clarisse Tiamson. down the sculpture in a cascading effect. This technique was easier and cheaper to make than Chinese porcelain. I thought a modern version could be created on realistic, low-relief ceramic animal sculptures using contemporary sheer glazes to replicate the three-color drip technique. Since we were working with color theory, I decided that students would use an analogous color scheme and each choose three colors of glaze that were next to each other on the color wheel. Animal Sculptures I asked students to choose an animal from nature and make a clay sculpture of it that would be tall rather than wide. (No sleeping animals.) The height would show off the drips of color. I also asked them to use low-relief carving to detail the form and texture of the animal, such as muscles, feath - ers, fur, or scales. Once the pieces were finished, dried, and bisque-fired, they were ready for the dripping process. Drip and Dribble We used sheer (transparent and semi-transparent), com- mercial glazes for the clay animals. I strongly suggest using sheer glazes because the translucent colors will help show all of the details made in the low-relief carving. The glazes should be stirred frequently while working. Students should first carefully drizzle their bisque-fired work with three coats of the lightest color glaze, holding the glaze container up high to pour. This process is contin- ued with the second and third analogous colors. Students can choose how much glaze to drizzle, though they should let each color dry a bit before dribbling the next. If stu- dents use too much glaze, they can always sponge it off. Final Firing Finally, students should carefully sponge off the bottoms of their pieces before they are fired again. Students were amazed at their results when they finally saw their com- pleted work. Overall, this project focusing on experimental glazing and analogous colors was a major success. Caroline Nay is a ceramics teacher at Liberty High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D A L N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas g: Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. work. and work. W E B L I N K This project was inspired b ancient earthenware cla Chinese sculptures that were embellished with three colored sancai glazes, an art form associated with the Tang D nast .

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