Posted by: MiniMonets | May 21, 2013

Bee Finger puppets and Coil Bee Hives.

For our first projects in clay, I like to introduce the basics. Manipulation of clay starts with the basic pinch and pull. You can stretch out legs or pinch out wings. From there, clay can be twisted and turned to make any simple creature. Last year, we made Penguins and Igloos and I wanted to keep the project so that we could learn about a different animal and their habitat. So we created bees and bee hives. The bees started out as a simple pinch pot, then we flipped the pot over and pinched out wings, antennae, legs, and stingers. The bee hive was made by flipping a coil pot upside down. Creating a coil pot teaches artists how to roll a coil, a snake like shape, that is bent into a ring and stacked upon other coils. To seal the stack, each coil must be scored, or roughened with a tool, and a thin layer of water, called slip, must be applied to the rough area. After placing a new coil, they must be blended together using fingers or tools to create a stronger bond. To finish each piece, the artists were able to choose four colors and their imaginations went wild when they didn’t have to paint black and white bees.IMG_1780 IMG_1781 IMG_1782 IMG_1783 IMG_1784 IMG_1785 IMG_1786 IMG_1787 IMG_1788 IMG_0761 IMG_0762 IMG_0763 IMG_0764 IMG_0765 IMG_0767 IMG_0768 IMG_0843 IMG_0845 IMG_0846 IMG_0847 IMG_0848 IMG_0852 IMG_0854 IMG_0855 IMG_0874 IMG_0875 IMG_0876 IMG_0877 IMG_0878 IMG_0879 IMG_0887 IMG_0888 IMG_0889 IMG_0890 IMG_0891 IMG_0892 IMG_0893 IMG_0894 IMG_0895 IMG_0896 IMG_0910 IMG_0913

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