Friday, August 17, 2012

Paint Your Own Pottery

I arranged for our homeschool group to go to one of our favorite places, Mimi's Crafts.   They have paint-your-own pottery, glass work, and other creative activities.   For the field trip, the kids each got to paint a 6" ceramic tile, and they got a tour of the back room.

Mimi's is kid friendly - booster seats and high chairs for the little's, and it was a lot of fun, because all ages could participate, including little 3month old E, who got her footprint on a tile!   Mimi will touch up the kids artwork with some additional outlining and their names and the date added, which will really bring the tiles to life. 

The kids drew their designs right on the tiles first using pencil which burns off in the kiln.  Then they collected their paints, and went to work!

Those who wanted hand or footprints got some help from Mimi.  

 Some cute little baby footprints!

Then, Mimi gave the tour.  We ended up having 2 groups go through, but some of the kids had so much fun checking out the back room, that they went through twice.  

Everything has to be sanded and smoothed off after coming out of the mold.  

Some molds: 

These came out of the molds recently.  

One of the kilns. 

These bits are used under the glazed pieces, to keep them from sticking to the kiln.  

Some finished pieces, these ones were hand carved by a local artist.  

Lots of color choices

Tiles on the wall show what the glazes look like after they are fired.  They look dull and dusty when they are painted on, but once they are fired, they become bright, colorful and shiny!   

And some of the finished tiles, ready to have some detail added and then put in the kiln!   I'm excited to see how they look once they are finished, but we will have to wait a few days for that.   

Levi's is at the bottom left, its a "bow and arrow and target".  

Thank you to Mimi's Crafts for a fun field trip!   Mimi made it easy for me to organize, and lots of fun for everyone.    And thanks to a Groupon offer, we will be painting again pretty soon.  

1 comment:

  1. It was a great pleasure have you all come in! Lets do it again real soon..