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ART - Slab Clay Mugs

Media: Clay

Grade Level: 6

Classtime: 5-7 days

Learning Statement Paragraph:  The student will learn how to work with the molding and joining properties of clay to hand build a mug that has expressive qualities.

Benchmarks and Standards:



Materials: Clay, slip, modeling tools



Step 1 - Show students the pottery room, explain what it is used for, layout, rules and expectations

Step 2 - Show finished examples of pottery focus on Slab Constructed Mugs

Step 3 - Model for students how to make the mug

Step 4 - Students begin their project while the instructor walks arond fielding inquires and providing guidance.


Instructor Support:

  1. This is a video of Jared Fromson showing Renee Jorae how to make a mug out of clay using slab construction.
  2. Colorado Art Studio Link - Good to show students professional examples, also look at the gallery of examples as well.
  3. VanGilder Pottery Link - Good to show students professional examples, also look at the gallery of examples as well.
  4. Joyce Michaud Ceramics Gallery Examples
  5. Variations - Slab Clay Containers~ See student examples
  6. Extension Activity - Quilting with Clay Ceramic Arts Daily
  7. Extension Activity - Pinch Pots
  8. Extension Activity - Organic Coil Pots


The student will:

  1. DIscuss clay properties  
  2. Partake in class discussions
  3. Watch demonstration on joining slabs to form a mug
  4. Overlap and smooth the slabs to join as the bowl is formed
  5. Consider options of jagged edges versus smooth edges to create expressive qualities
  6. Create designs during the various stages of the clay drying process (Choice of Additive and Subtractive Designs)
  7. Optional - Glaze the bisque fired bowl ($1.00 per pound)
  8. Written critique of piece
  9. Show evidence of craftsmanship


Rubric: For the following categories could be used to evaluate:

  1. Time and Effort
  2. Neatness
  3. Quality of Craftsmanship
  4. Creativity
  5. Following Directions


Evaluation: The above categories will each be worth 10 points, totaling 100 points for the project