Thursday, October 30, 2008

Empty Bowls

Every year my students and I participate in the Empty Bowls Project. This unit in my curriculum combines the study of ceramics and social awareness. Students make bowls that are given to American's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay to be used during the Empty Bowls Luncheon. At the luncheon for $10.00 you can get a bowl of soup, a piece of fruit, a roll and a bottle of water. And a ceramic bowl made by an elementary student of Hillsborough Schools.
For the past few years I have had the students work in groups to make bowls. This helps when we give them away and this way we end up with larger more interesting bowls.
This year the students are making figure bowls. We are using gingerbread men cookie cutters to make the figures. Then using 6 or 7 figures in a circle we make a bowl. Each student is responsible for one figure to make and glaze. I think that they will look very cool when done.


Snippety Gibbet said...

I hope you will post photos of these. They sound charming.

Chan Bliss said...

My kiln is loaded up with a bunch of wet clay and I am slow firing (24 hrs at 100 degrees) then a gradual ramp up to bisque. 3 days total, I make other teachers nervous with my firing. Last year the clay was so wet that water was puddling under the kiln as it condensed. But nothing blew up!


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