It's that time of year again.....Yup, Valentine's Day! Fourth graders used clay to sculpt their roses. We started out with a cone shape and used a pencil to open the tip for the rose bud center. We then proceeded to pinch out thin petal shapes and attach them around the bud, putting 3 petals around the center, then alternating more petals. Welding the clay works well for this type of sculpting. Welding is a way to attach wet clay to more wet clay by smoothing it together.
Next they are off to dry.
Once fired at cone 04, they become pure white. We use acrylic paint to add color and a liquid glaze with glitter for a little sparkle.