I have done this lesson a few times and usually relate it to Dale Chihuly’s Macchias. There are a few Macchias in the Mingei collection and they are occasionally on view.
I had the opportunity over the summer to go to Chihuly Gardens in Seattle and it was amazing. I loved the boat and all the dramatic lighting.
I did these tissue bowls with my K/1 combo class-there are only 16 students and they come with 2 helpers so it is fairly easy to do some amazing and more complex lessons with these little artists.
This child only had one layer so it is very delicate and fragile but looks so pretty.I used paper bowls covered in plastic wrap and they used diluted glue to add layers of tissue. The directions were to add 4 layers of tissue. Most did that for some great results. Those with less layers have a thinner more delicate bowl.