Thanks to Amy Cobb, Cornerstone parent and fine artist, our high school visual art students have been able to create fired clay artworks for the very first time at our school. We do not have a kiln to complete the firing process, but Mrs. Cobb does and she generously offered to fire clay pieces for our art classes.
This fall semester high school art students used clay to create bas relief tiles based on Roman architecture. They began by researching and sketching various architectural components like columns, domes, aqueducts and arches. After drawing out their own unique designs inspired by the ancient civilization, students carved into and added clay forms onto their handmade tiles.
Then students waited patiently for several weeks while the greenware tiles slowly dried out. After they reached a bone dry state, the tiles were delivered to Mrs. Cobb who took care of the firing. During this process clay is heated to an extremely high temperature in a kiln which causes chemical changes in the clay. When the firing process is complete, the ceramic tiles are called bisque ware.
The transformed tiles were delivered back to the school where students used paint and metallic rubbing compounds to enhance their designs. We were all excited to see the finished artworks!
Ella Walker’s, junior, tile (pictured) was selected to be shown at the upcoming Mount Bethel Christian Academy Art Invitational on April 21. “I really enjoyed working with the clay. It was a new material that I hadn't had a chance to work with before. It was cool to see how I could create something out of a material that I was unfamiliar with,” Ella reflected.
“I really enjoyed working with the clay. It was a new material that I hadn't had a chance to work with before. It was cool to see how I could create something out of a material that I was unfamiliar with,”