Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Here is a project that was a complete hit with every child.
We made clay pendants by stepping onto balls of clay. The variety of designs on the bottom shoes add fun and interesting textures to the pendants.

Start with small blobs of clay and roll them into balls. Place the clay ball onto a piece of paper on the floor and slowly, gently step on the clay while applying even pressure.

Any shoe will do.

After pressing into the clay, carefully remove the clay from the bottom of the shoe.

One of the most enjoyable parts of this project was the sense of community that was offered by taking turns making pendants for each other. Some students had shoes that became very popular for their cool designs.

After making a number of pendants, we poked holes into them and scratched initials and grade numbers on the back.

Lay flat and allow pendants to dry.

Load the kiln and fire away. After the first firing, we will glaze and fire again. Then we will string them up and take them home. Check back for photos of the finished product.
Please contact me with questions or comments about this or any other project.


  1. Do you have photos of how these looked once complete? How are you using the two hole versus one hole? I love these and plan on doing this year with my 1st & 2nd graders. Thank you!

  2. This looks like a great project for my first graders. Do you have any suggestions for how to glaze them?