Over the past couple of weeks, friends have been working with clay in the Studio! Clay is one of my favorite mediums to introduce in the Studio because it’s open-ended and allows for rich conversation and imaginative play.
What do you think this material is?
Kofi: It looks like paper mache. It’s heavier though.
Maia: Soft and mushy. Is it frozen?
Abigail: It’s cookie dough because it’s white and it’s cold.
Ronan: I think it’s clay. Hey, I didn’t know it would be wet.
Selwyn: It’s a potato because it makes the table dirty and it’s the color of a potato. It’s heavy to me but I’m strong, I’m so strong. I can pick up the potato.
William: Is that slime?
Adrian: I thought clay was brown.
Andres: Is it marshmallows?
Marley: Is it a bag of cheese? It looks like a bag of cheese.
Alberto: If it’s clay then bricks are made from it.
Christian: It’s like a stone block.
Luke: When it dries, it’ll be hard like my skull.
Mae: Is it claydough? Clay… like ballet.
Florentina: Hey, that feels interesting. Is it wet paper that you put in a bag?
Once we discovered that the mystery material was clay, I introduced some different types of tools that would be available to use with the clay.
Daniel: It looks like what you use to flip a pancake. And this one is a bammer… it bams spiders.
Ryler: That looks like a little fork. It makes lines like a fork.
Abdoulaye: Cookers use that to make dough flat.
Alberto: Tools can do much more things then hands.
Kofi: That tool looks like a duck beak. The wire tool makes it flat like a pizza dough. Or a pillow. It’s perfect.
Yonathan: That tool scratches like a tiger.
Bennett: I’m using the hammer like my daddy.
Mackenzi: The wire looks like nunchucks.
Mouhammadou: When you cut it with scissors, flatten it up with the hammer to make it feel better.
… and here are some finished sculptures!
Kofi: That’s the thing about art… you have to get messy. That’s the point.