The Ceramics Studio led a super engaging one-hour workshop during a birthday party for seventeen 5 to 11 year-olds. The workshop allowed the party goers to choose between one of three Mine Craft characters. Below is the step-by-step tutorial for the reptile.
HERE ARE THE STEP-BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW YOU TOO CAN BUILD YOUR OWN MINECRAFT REPTILE OUT OF CLAY
- 1/2” wire mesh material (called “hardware cloth”) used for screens or animal cages
- basic clay tools or a kitchen knife
- rolling pin or slab roller
Roll out your clay in a 1/2 inch thickness
Push the wire mesh material into the top side of your slab to imprint the slab with the square grid pattern.
Cut your pieces out like this:
Start by forming the body that’s a box shape.
Assemble the pieces together by scoring each side (creating a raked-like surface), and applying slip. (a watered down clay substance the thickness of frosting)
Press the pieces snugly into position.
Step 6: Score and slip the legs and feet and press firmly into position.
Use something to balance the figure while attaching the legs and feet on the other side.
Draw in the extra lines on the head and jaw, and cut out the eye. Then score, slip and press pieces into place using something for support.
Figure 10 Image shows reptile head upside down and temporarily supported by a wood stick while pressing pieces into place.
Final shown here (before firing) the piece can later be glazed.