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Transcript of Clay Looms
Weaving is an ancient art form used all over the world!
Mixed Media Creation!
Create a unique clay loom with a weaving on it using a variety of materials, processes, and techniques.
1. When your loom is finished, you will be ready to start weaving. Warps are the backbone structure that you will weave on.
2. Start weaving from the center of your circular loom! Make sure you tighten your weaving with your fingers as you go. You will also individualize your weaving with your color choices and patterns. Create designs by weaving the weft strands on only a few of the warp strands. What other objects or materials could you add to make your weaving more unique?
3. When you start a new color you can tie the new weft strand to the old. Make sure to do this on the backside of your loom so the knot will not be visible.
4. The last strand should be tied to the back of your weaving
Creating Texture on Clay Slabs
Created by Brook & Lyn
Anni Albers, Red Meander
Creating the Clay Loom
1. Roll out a thin even slab using a rolling pin and guide rails to ensure that it has the same thickness throughout.
2. Decide what shape your loom will be and cut off any extra clay. Will it be organic or geometric?
Keep extra clay to add embellishments!
3. Add texture to the slab by impressing objects or drawing into the clay.
4. Trace around a circle template in the middle area of your clay slab. Cut out the shape in your slab. This will be where you incorporate the weaving into your artwork!
Make sure you are leaving at least 1 ½ inches of space between the edges of the circle or square and the edge of your slab!
5. After removing the shape from your slab, use a small sponge to clean the edges and remove little loose pieces of clay. Use a straw to punch holes around the edges of the circular area you cut out of the slab.
Be sure to wipe the tool off in between punches, or squeeze the clay out of the straw, so the holes stay clean and free of debris!
Use an ODD number of punches (between 25 – 33) or the weaving will not work. Make sure the holes are evenly spaced around the edge, and make sure they are not too close to the edge of the circle.
6. Sculpt the edges of your loom by curling, bending, cutting, etc. Decide if you would like to pierce areas of your loom by cutting out additional shapes. Consider giving your loom more form by adding shapes and piece using the score and slip method. Let your loom dry.
Pepper No. 30
by Edward Weston
Broadway Boogie Woogie