After years of using Sculpey synthetic clay with my students, we were officially introduced to REAL clay in the fall of 2016 when a guest art teacher from Texas spent a day in my classroom helping to get our clay program up and running! Stories and pictures from our initial clay successes (and near disasters!) are here.
During the fall of 2017, students again had the opportunity to work with clay when we did the same project. We started by wedging low-fire white clay, and then used rolling pins to roll each slab to about 1/2" thick. Next, students selected a leaf, placed it right side up on top of their clay, and gently pushed down and rubbed to transfer the texture of the leaf onto the clay. They carefully traced the leaf, cutting all the way through the clay, and pulled away the excess.
They turned the leaf over, and scratched (scored) it in 3 evenly-spaced locations. Using some of their leftover clay, they made 3 small, flattened balls. After scoring these, they used a bit of water to attach the new "feet" to the reverse side of their leaf. (They also scratched their initials somewhere on the back.)