How to Repurpose Clay to Make (Useful!) Ceramic Creations

How to Repurpose Clay to Make (Useful!) Ceramic Creations

Who doesn't like small ceramic animals with geometric and lace patterns? When formed into a bowl-like shape they can be used to hold small bunches of things like pins, pens, or earrings. I misplace stuff all the time (who doesn't) but these palm sized clay creations are like itty bitty rugs for your tiny dudads.

To start a fine collection of these critters gather all your scrap clay into a large Ziploc bag, sprinkle with water, and mush it all together.  Then roll fist sized balls and run grandma's pie roller over the suckers. While you're at it borrow her cookie cutters, a wooden spoon, and her lace curtains, too. No doubt she'll love what you make for her in the end, just be sure to clean the roller when you're done.

A mini slab roller easily replaces grandma's roller. But watch your digits, it will smash them flat and turn them painfully green.

This plastic rubbing plate you can find almost anywhere. I found mine under a dusty cabinet!

I got these cookie cutters at Whisk, a treasure box for your kitchen and table I found in Brooklyn while visiting my mom.

For clay I've been using Longhorn White with grog from the Houston Ceramic Store.

Once pressed and cut, gently cup one edge of your clay creation onto the side of a baby food jar. It won't take long for the form to hold.

I fire my cone 05 clay in a Skutt kiln on medium and for this project used non toxic glaze for the second firing.

 I bought this teardrop turquoise ring at BJ Designs, a small jewelry shop in Marble Falls, Texas.

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