Stamped clay bowls are my recent obsession. I’ve “burned” through 50 pounds of white clay making dozens and dozens of these little colorful trinket holders. It’s kind of a long process, but worth it for the big reveal. I use low fire white clay to start and it takes two fires in my kiln to get this result.
I form each one by hand, I even have a makeshift slab roller – I line up two yardsticks and use a rolling pin to flatten the clay. Then I cut out the circles, stamp them with my Crafty Chica Sizzix cling stamps, and form them. The longest part is making sure they are bone dry before they go in the kiln for the first fire, which will transform them to bisque.
After I have all the base colors – it’s time to add the stain, I let it dry and then wipe it off with a damp sponge. Just enough for the darker color to fill the grooves. I mostly use black, but sometimes go with other colors. I let each bowl tell me how it should go…
The last step is to coat them with clear glaze and then fire them again in the kiln! I love how they turn out, perfect to hold all kinds of little treasures! I currently have them for sale at Mucho Mas Art Studio, I haven’t quite figured out how to sell them online because each one is different.
If you want to try this but don’t have a kiln – use air dry clay. It’s cheaper than polymer clay! Cover your bowls in plastic until they dry, it’s a slow process because you don’t want them to crack.
Thanks for checking out my stamped clay bowls! 🙂