We had so much fun creating these ceramic houses with our Teen Class.
While making these houses, we learned about slab-built clay projects. We used white low-fire clay from Seattle pottery.
We rolled out slabs 3/8" thick and at least 6" wide. We made templates for our houses out of tar paper - the tar paper helped the walls keep their form while we assembled them.
We learned how to attach with a scratch-attach method.
Scoring is best if the marks go both ways, like "X's" or "crosshatches." Gaps, where two pieces are joined together, need to be filled with a scored and moistened coil if they can't be pushed together and sealed with vinegar.
And then we let them follow their imaginations.
Jamie Lightfoot is an oil painter and owner of Picket Fence Art Studio.