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Making the sculpture

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Task no. 1

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Making the sculpture

Follow the instructions available from the downloadable resource to create your own clay bust sculpture of a gold miner.  

Be ready with all the materials you need and your workspace set up before starting.

  • White earthenware handbuilding clay or modelling clay – at least 800 grams per student
  • Modelling tools – paddle pop stick, fork, spoon, pencil or commercial clay modelling tools– a variety of objects to make marks
  • Old toothbrush – for scoring surfaces to join them
  • Small water container and/or water sprayer – to help keep the clay moist if it dries out during the making process
  • Newspaper - for use in supporting the structure.