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Lesson Plan for
Clay Hand Building
Lesson #1 Hand Made Tiles

Lesson Plan CHB MaycoOneStepTile

Mayco Products Used
Color

  • SC-5 - Tiger Tail
  • SC-8 - Just Froggy
  • SC-11 - Blue Yonder
  • SC-15 - Tuxedo
  • SC-27 - Sour Apple
  • SC-74 - Hot Tamale
  • SC-75 - Orange-A-Peel
  • SC-76 - Cara-bein Blue

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-106 - #6 Script Liner
  • CB-110 - #10/0 Liner
  • CB-604 - #4 Soft Fan
  • CD-1078 - Design Press Tools
  • CD-1257 - Beaded and Braided Trim Continuous Design Press Tools
  • CD-1261 - Butterflies Sprig Mold
  • CD-916 - Press Mold - Animals
  • ST-339 - Star Swirls
  • ST-343 - Deco Circles

Learning Objectives &  Teaching Goals

National Standards Met:

  • Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
  • Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
  • Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas

 Note: Subject matter could be changed to meet the "Understanding the Visual Arts in Relation to History and Cultures" National Standard.

Additional Materials

  • Moist Clay
  • 1/4" Wooden Slats
  • Canvas
  • Rolling Pin/Wooden Dowel
  • Fettling Knife
  • Pencil
  • Needle Tool
  • Slip/Clay Slurry
  • Paper Towels

Instructions:
Place your clay on a canvas fabric with " wooden slats on the left and right side of the fabric. Using the 1" dowel or rolling pin, roll out the clay. The smaller dowels are used as a guide to keep your clay level. Make sure the edges of the rolling pin hits the dowels.

  1. Take a small marble size piece of clay and place it in the  individual portion cup and add about 3 tablespoons of water. Mix this up with your fingers to make the slurry. This will be your "Glue" to  attach all the pieces together.

Butterfly Tile

  1. Lightly mark the clay tile in a 4” or 6” square. Using the ST -343  Deco Circles Designer Stamp, press the stamp pattern onto the clay.
  2. Using a fettling knife cut out a 4” or 6” square tile in the stamped clay.
  3. Using the CD1257 Beaded & Braid Trim roll a design of choice  onto the clay in a long strip. Cut the clay into four 4” strips. Score  and slip onto the clay tile, making a frame around the tile. Smooth the  side edges.
  4. Press a large enough flat piece of clay into the CD 1261 Sprig mold  butterfly of choice to fill the design. Eliminate excess clay so the  clay sits even with the mold. Make a small ball of clay and press into  the top of the molded clay to release the piece. Score and slip to tile. Color to Butterfly tile
  5. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply a wash of SC-15 Tuxedo over the  entire tile so it falls into all the detail areas as an antiquing.
  6. Lightly take a flat dry paper towel or soft napkin and press light  to eliminate excess SC-15 Tuxedo, taking care not to move the design. Do not use water.
  7. Using the CB-106 #6 Script Liner and CB-110 #10/0 Liner apply 2 coats of the Stroke & Coat colors of choice to the design.
  8. Wipe off any excess glaze on the bottom of the piece.
  9. Fire to shelf cone 06. Note: If there are unglazed areas apply 1  coat of S-2101 Crystal Clear to the front and sides of the tile making  sure the bottom is free of all glazes.

Note: This project technique is for decorative pieces ONLY; NOT to be used for functional ware.

Fish Tile

  1. Lightly mark the clay tile in a 4 or 6 square. Using the ST-343  Deco Circles Designer Stamp press the stamp pattern onto the clay.
  2. Using a fettling knife cut out a 4 or 6 square tile in the stamped clay. Smooth the side edges.
  3. Cut four 4 strips of clay. Score and slip onto the clay tile making a frame around the tile.
  4. Using a press design from CD1078 stamp into the strips to create a  pattern. Score and slip onto the clay tile, making a frame around the  tile.
  5. Press a large enough piece of clay into the CD 916 Sprig mold fish  of choice to fill the design. Eliminate excess clay so the clay sits  even with the mold. Make a small ball of clay and press into the top of  the molded clay to release the piece. Score and slip to tile. Note:  Choose from any of Mayco’s designer stamps, press tools or sprig molds  to create you own personal tile! Color to Fish Tile
  6. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply a wash of SC-76 Cara-Bein Blue  over the entire tile so it falls into all the detail areas as an  antiquing.
  7. Lightly take a flat dry paper towel or soft napkin and press light  to eliminate excess SC-76 Cara-Bein Blue, taking care not to move the  design. Do not use water.
  8. Using the CB-106 #6 Script Liner blend in SC Blue Yonder over the tile for highlights.
  9. Using the CB-106 #6 Script Liner and CB-110 #10/0 Liner apply 2 coats of the Stroke & Coat colors of choice to the design.
  10. Wipe off any excess glaze on the bottom of the piece.
  11. Fire to shelf cone 06. Note: If there are unglazed areas apply 1  coat of S-2101 Crystal Clear to the front and sides of the tile making  sure the bottom is free of all glazes.

Note: This project technique is for decorative pieces ONLY; NOT to be used for functional ware.

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