Monday, February 12, 2018


clay, glazes & oxides

These tiny boxes are so precious.
They are very small with an area of no more than 9 inches.
But they are so mighty in their design and fun to make.
They are made using a subtractive method. 
We start with a small lump of clay,
paddle the outside into an interesting form,
wire cut off the lid section, 
then carve out both lid and box until the walls are only about 3/8 of an inch thick.
Let's see how the kids dealt with this technique.

Junior Sarah Oh used applied decoration to turn her lump into a splendent owl.
Below you can see how she attached the lid after the final glaze firing,
and how she glazed the inside but used only oxides to stain with on the outside.

In this next beauty by junior Ylia Madayag,
she stamped over top her form before she cut off lid and began carving the lid and box.

We all loved how this one by junior Renee Lin turned out.
The colors were marvelous!
Besides stamping she also carved out areas to melt glass shards into. 

We also really enjoyed how junior Vincent Nguyen dangled shells from his piece.
So subtle and lovely.

Sadly with these next 3 I can't remember who built them.
I will check with the kids from last year for help and update as I find out.

And this last one is the work of sophomore Olivia Krueger.
The clay loves Olivia and she ended up with a fantastic looking box.
Loved how she applied decoration to top and sides,
and then how she finished with the glaze.


  1. The eyes on Sarah's owl look like they could follow you ... the form of Ylia's piece put me in mind of Devil's Tower (in a good way ... cueing the five tones from Close Encounters) ... Renee's stamping and staining took me back to a long-ago visit to the Egyptian exhibit at the Metropolitan in New York ... Vincent's shell box took me to the beach (thank you Vincent) ... the anonymous ribbons of blue, succulent leaves, and hobbit house are all delight-some ... but Olivia's sinuous marks framed in creamy white definitely earned "save the best for last" honors

  2. I totally agree with you about Olivia's piece. She has been a superstar for me since the 7th grade in both 2-d and 3-d.