Around thanksgiving I posted about the awesome promotion Clay Casa had going on for family artsy-time. Clay Casa invited me to come by and try my hand at a project. I had a little idea running around in my head and I recruited Jojo to help… We were going to need lots of hands!
The options are limitless. Literally. The offer so many items to customize and make awesome. When I was in there this week to pick up our finished project I noticed baskets and baskets of Christmas tree ornaments just ready to be painted. They also had the sweetest little menorah ready for glazing. What a great way to get a school-age kiddo to get excited about the ritual of Hanukkah!
Away from the main studio is the party room. Its quite large and could accommodate all kinds of groups – birthday parties, scout troops, moms-night-out, or (ahem) a crafternoon! (Anyone want to meet me there?)
In addition to all of the amazing ceramics pieces Clay Casa offers, they also do mosaic and glass fusing. A Thanksgiving Break Glass Fusing Camp (they looked like 10 and 11 year olds…) was just finishing up their ornaments when we arrived. I was super impressed with how well organized and run it was. How awesome are those ornaments?
We shared a table with Sara of Sensibly Sara and her two sweet boys. They were making turkey hand print tiles. There was always someone close by to help us with whatever we needed – extra hands, material and supplies, everything!
It was busy the day we went in but there wasn’t a shortage of glazes, brushes or any of the other well stocked tools available for you to use. Jojo and I particularly appreciated the set of “grown-up only” brushes that weren’t smushed (unintentionally, of course!) and were of a higher quality.
I’ve seen such cute hand and foot print art all over Pinterest and other blogs – I knew I wanted to try and create a foot print tree with Petite and recruited Jojo to be my extra hands. If I hadn’t wanted to document every moment of our visit, I would have handled the paint – thankfully the amazing staff was right there when we needed them. We applied a light, even, layer of glaze to Petites’s feet, one at a time and “stamped” them on a ceramic tile.
The glaze is washable and non toxic. Petite didn’t mind in the least!
To get such neat imprints, we only used a light coating of paint. It was so hard to resist the urge to argue that it should be glob bed on! After all, glaze only shows its true color after layers and layers are applied – but with the thin even coat all her little footsie details were preserved. Also important – Jojo held Petite with her feet up (like in the pictures above) and we brought the tile to her feet so that she wasn’t curling her toes or trying to bear weight. Also, it was easier to keep her semi-still!
Jojo started the detail work while Petite took a break and had a snack. She worked so hard!
I went prepared with her portable seat and cheerios. If I’d had the luxury (and next time!) I would have FMG or Douxie come with us in a separate car so someone could take her home. The tile was a relatively small project and she barely lasted through it. I’d hate to subject her to sitting around and waiting for a big platter or other details and time consuming project!
The border is done! Now to decorate the tree… Clay Casa has these awesome squeeze tubes of glaze that are good for detail work. Jojo used it here for the star.
Then we used the squeeze tubes for the red ornaments. We could have also used a pencil eraser to make perfect stamped circles.
Did you know that ball point pen burns off in the kiln? Jojo used it to mark off the border and sketch the present. Petite’s initials and the year are on the gift tag. We were all done and ready to fire it!