I’ve mentioned it before but I love bowls. If I had the space, I would cover a wall in shelves and fill them with bowls. Like a functional wall of art. Of course then I would hire someone to dust it all on a weekly basis because I don’t have time for that. And nested bowls. Bowls inside of bowls, fitting perfectly together. Sigh.
Recently, I had a hankering for a new set of bowls but instead of spending the money, I made a set myself for much less mullah. I like making stuff. But you knew that. Air-dry clay is easy to sculpt, dries to finish and is not too precious that you can’t ball up a fail and start again.
It’s really easy for children to work with too. While I did these bowls, Bug created two bowls herself. (And sculpting in a 3-D way is great for their brains!) The air-dry trait is as close to instant gratification that art materials can give.
–air-dry clay – basic, porcelain or paper
-damp towel, optional
Divide the clay into uneven portions. The number of sections depends on the number of bowls you want.
One by one, shape each section into a bowl with your fingers.
A couple tips:
-The shaping should happen between your thumb and your other four fingers. Like crab pinchers. Pinch and shape.
-Think of pinching and squeezing the dough into shape, not stretching. Stretching will create really thin sections and the clay might tear.
-Use a damp towel to smooth out rough edges, fix cracks and clean up the top edge of the bowl.
-If the final product has rough edges, use a very fine sandpaper to smooth.
Once the clay completely dried, I used watercolor paint to add a bit of color. With the whiteness of the clay, a little bit of color can go a long way.
Now. What shall I put in them?
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