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4-H Arts & Crafts: Ceramics Project

October 23, 2019
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The Arts and Crafts 4-H project allows youth to learn life skills and grow in project knowledge while expressing creativity in a variety of mediums. Ceramics gives two options that you can participate in, poured and handbuilt. You can participate in both or one depending on what you are most interest in. 

Level A (grades 3-4)

Level B (grades 5-6)

Level C (grades 7-9)

Level D (grades 10-12)

 

 

Resources

No manual is required; however, a Lake County record sheet must be completed (attached below)

**Only a Lake County Record Sheet is needed**

General Exhibit Requirements

Arts & Crafts Record Sheet Required (No Manual)

  1. Member may exhibit one entry in Handbuilt and one entry in Poured. Each exhibit needs its own record sheet. Grand Champions and Reserve Grand Champions of both Handbuilt and of Poured may be selected for State Fair entry (Crafts).
  2. Do not put felt on bottom. Please put your name on bottom (carved or permanent marker).
  3. Handbuilt items must be fired at least once (air-dry clay tends to break more easily and will not be accepted) may be underglazed with glaze over, glazed, or unglazed if made of terra cotta clay, painted, or stained. Bottom may be either dry footed or glazed. Goals of lower levels include learning to manipulate clay by pinch, coil, and strip methods, to join pieces, to apply simple glaze, and purpose/procedure for firing. Goals of advanced levels include learning different methods of applying design, such as multiple piece molds, clay sculpture, potter’s wheel, and hand-forming with template, and developing skills in using underglaze, overglaze, carving, and sgraffito.
  4. Poured items must be poured from a slip which may be store-bought. Be sure item is not plastercraft. (Plaster is usually a heavy solid, can be scratched, and when tapped will make a dull sound. Poured ceramic pieces are usually hollow, feel light, and when tapped will make a ping or hollow sound. If you have questions, contact the superintendent.) Eye color and detailing such as nose, mouth, paw lines, etc. are not considered one of the colors. A clear glaze is considered a color. Finish bottom. Do not leave unfinished or unpainted. Silicone glue works well for add-ons with ceramics.

Level A (grades 3-4), choose one or both:

  1. Handbuilt: one hand-formed abstract article from moist clay which can be underglazed with a glaze over it, painted, stained, or just a glazed article.
  2. Poured: clean and glaze an article with (a) no design, apply a one-color glaze, OR (b) simple design, one underglaze applied with a one-color glaze, decals and luster may be used. Examples: flowerpots, mugs, spoon holders, bookends, simple figures, wall plaques, candleholders.

Level B (grades 5-6), choose one or both:

  1. Handbuilt: one article that is hand-formed or shaped on a one-piece hump mold (a shallow bowl may be used). Pieces should be underglazed with a glaze over it, painted, stained, or just a glazed article.
  2. Poured: clean and finished article that should be more detailed than in Level A, using underglazes and glazes. Use more than one but no more than ten colors. May use decals and luster.

Level C (grades 7-9), choose one or both:

  1. Handbuilt: article (or set of coordinating articles), underglazed with a glaze over it, glazed, painted, or stained. Should be more advanced than previous years.
  2. Poured: clean and stain, paint, or glaze article using two or more colors. Antiquing and/or dry brushing may be done.

Level D (grades 10-12), choose one or both:       

  1. Handbuilt: article (or set of coordinating articles), underglazed with a glaze over it, glazed, painted, or stained. Should be more advanced than previous years.
  2. Poured: clean and glaze, paint, or stain an article. Members are encouraged to develop decorating skills: underglaze, overglaze, carving, sgraffito, dry brushing, air brushing, clay lifting, chalk, china painting, attaching “add-ons” such as flowers, leaves, etc., lusters on gold, platinum, copper, or other special techniques. No spray paint to be used except for protective finish.

 

Interested in sponsoring a trophy or award for this project? Please contact the project superintendent or Extension Office at 219-755-3240 to learn more!

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