Clay has been used by humans for thousands of years. It's the oldest art material on earth. The Clay Box provides on opportunity to join in this long standing tradition of creating with the earth's natural art making material. Children need this type of hands-on creative outlet. Art making can foster a sense of well being and bring joy to our lives.
Creating is so good for one's body, mind, and spirit.
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Remember the feeling of playing with clay as a child? Now you can recreate that sensory experience with The Handmade Potter clay kit. Working with clay is a great way to relax the mind and create something with your own hands.
Are you a hunter?
Then you are going to LOVE this! The DIY Clay Kit - Prize Buck
You're sure to have fun creating with the Do It Yourself clay kit. Create a deer buck sculpture and mount it for display just like the one's hunters prize. This kit has enough clay to create a large mounted deer sculpture and a smaller one just the perfect size for a Christmas tree ornament.
This kit comes with:
Sculpture Guide Book
Terracotta Air-Dry Clay
The Handmade Potter clay kit makes a great gift for those wanting to give a creative experience.
I would like to introduce you to one of my art students named Sammy. She is 7 years old and is in the second grade. She loves art, coloring, learning about sculpture and modeling clay.
When Sammy was getting ready to go back to school this fall, she got inspired by her school supplies. Having saved some of her clay from one of her clay kits she was able to sculpt an apple, pencil, paint palette and brush with it.
Sammy was so excited about how her creations turned out, that she just had to show me! I was so impressed at how well she had sculpted them that her work inspired me to create a Back To School themed clay kit.
An extruder is a tool that passes clay through a tube to form coils, which are used for handles on mugs, teapots, jugs and for applied decorating. There are different types that can be hand-held, attached to a wall or table.
Types Of Extruders
One of my favorite extruders is Play-Doh's Fun factory.
In my opinion every kid should have one because they are just so fun to squeeze! The Play-Doh slides through the dies super easy! It comes with interchangeable dies for a variety of coils.
These are great for modeling clays and doughs to mold and create fun shapes. Ideal for early learners. They are perfect for little hands to develop their fine motor skills.
Of course the easiest extruder to find is probably already in your kitchen drawer - the good old garlic press. I have two that I use all the time. One for white clay and one for brown clay.
These are great for creating hair on sculptures of people,
a horse or lion's mane,
and bird nests.
Fun Fact - The hamburger that you get from the butcher is meat that goes through a form of an extruder called a meat grinder.
Extruders use dies which are metal disks with spaces cut out to extrude different shaped coils.An extruder propels the clay through the die to create the desired shape.
Dies come in a variety of shapes and sizes like these:
This whimsical world was created by my artist friend Lisa Long. She is a professional potter and creates cups in a regular sized pottery studio, but then pretends to in her pint-sized one.
Her love for miniatures started as a girl playing with her doll house. Girls love to pretend with their dolls inside each miniature room for hours at a time. I know I did when I was a kid. Lisa's love for miniatures stayed with her into adulthood.
Lisa owns a 3D resin printer and makes 1-inch scale miniature pottery tools for her tiny pottery studio.
After she shared that she made a replica of her pottery studio with her friends, she had so many people interested in owning their own miniatures too. Lisa decided to sell her 3D creations to others.