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Thursday, October 14, 2021


 

The Clay Box is offering a Clay Day Giveaway where we are giving away a  Clay Kit Bundle to one lucky winner!

Here's what’s included:

#1 The Puppy Love Clay Kit 🐶

#2 The Beautiful Butterfly Clay Kit 🦋

#3 The Unique Unicorn Clay Kit 🦄

#4 The Personal Portrait Clay Kit 🧑🏼‍🦰

#5 The Ultimate Clay Tool Set

#6 Extra Clay for Play

Enter to win our Clay Day Giveaway (over $150 value) now for your chance to win the Clay Kit Bundle for your Little Budding Artist!


Winner will be announced November 5th, 2021  

*Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. **Must be 18 or older to win.

Monday, September 27, 2021


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. 


Problematic Pencils & Apple Antics 

Both of these clay themed boxes are available at: The Clay Box Shop

I have always thought that art made by children is the best art there is! 


I enjoy helping children learn about art, create art, 
and watching them grow as artists. 
I would love to bring this rich art experience to your little budding artist. 

Mrs. Post 
Art Teacher





Saturday, May 1, 2021

Extruder Fun! 

What is an extruder? 
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. 



Hand-held Extruders 
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.



Dies

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 style is available in My Shop at: Clay Extruder For Kids


 



Extruder Guns



These work just like a cookie press, only they use clay instead of cookie dough. A bit hard to squeeze, but it can create some thicker extrusions compared to the smaller hand held ones.




Wall Extruders
The mother of all extruders looks like one of these.





This style is used by professional potters. Dies can be custom made to extrude original coil forms for handles on pottery or to build creative sculptures.


This clay bust of a person is sitting on top of an extruded column base.


These containers were made with the help of a hollow extruder die,


as well as these light houses.



This abstract style wall piece is constructed with all clay extrusions. 




Written by Ruth Post











 


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

 Welcome to the Pint Sized ceramic studio!



Is this cool or what?!
 

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. 
You can purchase them here at: LisaLongDesigns






I can't wait to see what she sculpts next, so I follow her on Instagram! 
Check out all her creations here at: pintsizedworld


Written by: Ruth Post










Sunday, January 24, 2021

Presenting

With Art Teacher Mrs. Post 
Little Budding Artists can now learn how to sculpt clay via Zoom art classes.

In order to help build a better connection with my art students, I will be hosting live art classes starting in 2021. These Clay Club Classes will be offered to my art students in my Clay Box membership community. 

To join in on all the fun, become one of my art students today at: https://www.theclaybox.org/

Members can order your supplies here: https://www.theclaybox.org/shop/product/3536799667

May's Clay Club Class

              Beautiful Butterflies
Students learned about symmetry and 
how to make impressions into clay using bisque stamps. 


April's Clay Club Class

Duckies

Students learned about scale and sculpted a mother duck and ducklings. It was the perfect springtime arts & crafts project. 



February's Clay Club Class

Love-bugs

Students used their imaginations and created some wacky Love-bugs.




January's Class

Our first Clay Club Class was about Penguin Pals. 

Students used basic forms to build a bird’s body. Then added details to create a realistic or cartoon style penguin.