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Practical Ideas
Italian Pottery Inspired Bowls
Designed by Candie Cooper

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Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour plus drying time

Main Materials:
Activa® Premier Air Dry Clay
Plaid® Acrylic Folk Art or Apple Barrel Paint
Horizon Mosaic stones flowers or squares
Horizon Jute cord
Elmer's® school gel
Sakura® Permopaque® markers

School Glue Gel

Basic Materials:
Paint Brushes
Rolling pin
Wax paper
Small Bowl


  1. Roll a handful of clay out on wax paper so it is approximately 1/2" thick.
  2. Pick up wax paper and clay slab and put into center of bowl.
  3. Push clay down with fingers so it conforms to the bowl.
  4. Push mosaic tiles into clay in a pattern or randomly.
  5. Poke 4 holes around the edge of the pot with the end of a paint brush or skewer for it to hang from.
  6. Set bowl aside to dry according to manufacturer's instructions.
  7. Brush paint over the pot and wipe mosaic tiles with a paper towel.  Leave to dry.
  8. Seal the bowl with a coat of clear school glue and leave to dry.
  9. Decorate the tiles with the permanent markers.
  10. Cut four pieces of jute cord 15" and tie to each hole on the bot.  String a bead on each cord, bring the ends together so the bowl hangs level and make an overhand knot.


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