My mother has a clay wall pocket hanging in her dining room that my brother made in elementary school. I have always loved that little bit of clay goodness and was excited to be able to do it with my students. I told them the story and said that they might want to do an extra good job because one just never knows how long their art might hang in their family home.
Students rolled out a rectangle piece of clay. Added texture then folded and pinched. I encouraged them to make sure the sides were well attached and then they poked two holes and wrote their name on the back.
We are using Mexal Air Dry Clay by Laguna that I discovered a while back at the Mingei.
They are super fun to make especially when using lots of texture tools (shells, potato mashers, buttons, forks, etc.) and with some organizing, they were easy enough to complete in our 45 minute class period.
So fun to revive an old 70’s clay lesson!
We did pop a bit of brown paper towel in the pocket to make sure it didn’t collapse while it dried. That’s it! So easy and so much fun.