So here we go! I think I'll show Emmy's first- she's 11, and loves dolphins:
It is a mosaic but I didn't have her do hers all in raw clay the way I do mine. I wasn't sure she would have the steady hand required for that yet.
So, I had her roll out very thin sheets of clay and lay them on my stone tile, then score them with a sharp blade. Then I had her bake them. After they were baked, she scraped them off the tile and broke them along the scores.
Then I had her roll out a thick sheet of white clay, trace the pattern onto it, and stick the tiles into the white clay. Then she baked it again.
There were a few tiles that weren't stuck in deep enough and they fell out the morning we were headed to the fairgrounds. She tried to fix them with raw clay (without saying anything to me). If she had said something to me, I would have just had her glue them back in. But it turned out really well nonetheless.
I'm extremely proud of her.
Moving on to Kjeri- she's 13:
(In case you can't tell, that's a blue ribbon hanging off the vase.) After watching a couple of video tutorials on youtube and flipping through my clay books, she decided she wanted to sculpt a bouquet of flowers. I don't sculpt myself so she was totally on her own here. She did such a good job that I think I might have to try some flowers, too. Here's a close-up photo:
That was her first project. Then she decided she had time to do a mosaic like Emmy. Same procedure only she chose a pegasus instead of a dolphin:
Once again, she did a really good job!
I am so proud of both of my daughters and I think their work and seeing other kids' work at the fair has inspired the younger kids to do a few projects for next year. We'll see what happens!