With Labor Day yesterday in the U.S., the official end of summer has arrived and it's time to think about fall, school and a change in the weather. My summer classes resulted in some fantastic pieces by kids of all ages. One project that really caught their imagination was houses. Not surprising, since I’m a huge fan of making houses as you saw last week in the Autumn issue of Rhythm of the Home.
The process I’ve always enjoyed for making the most intricate house is building them stone by stone with balls of clay. Older kids love the looks of the stone houses and how they are able to add on to the structures easily.
The other part of making houses that really captures the imaginations of my students is the landscape and creatures around the house.
One of their favorite additions is water – in the form of a moat or river around the house. We use marbles which melt to a glassy, translucent pool when the pieces are fired. Mixing green, blue and clear marbles creates a wonderful illusion of water.
Altogether, making houses made for a summer time of fun. Have you ever made a house from clay? How did you do it?