Lesson Objectives: Students will create a clay plaque inspired by Hundertwasser. Slab, coil, and scoring techniques will be used. 

Time Required:  2 sessions, 1 hour each

Artist: Hundertwasser, It Hurts to Wait With Love if Love Is Somewhere Else, 1971, Singing Steamers in Ultramarine III, 1959, The Rain Falls Far From Us Falls the Rain, 1970 (available online)



Materials (Day 1):


Paper bag or cardboard placemats

Small cups or lids of water

Rolling pins

Clay tools

Scratch paper

Materials (Day 2):



Dixie cups


Discuss Hundertwasser and his style. Discuss ideas: flower garden, tree, house, etc. Discuss slab, coil, and scoring techniques. Discuss form.

Procedure, Session 1:

  1. Use scratch paper to create design.
  2. Demonstrate how to make a slab using a rolling pin.  Rotate direction of rolling pin to create an even slab.  Occasionally lift and flip clay so it doesn’t stick to the paper.
  3. Cut out a slab roughly 4×5”.
  4. Using the remainder of their clay, build features to add on to the slab in the style of Hundertwasser. Shapes and coils can be used. Pieces must be joined well using the scoring technique or they will fall off. Use vertical /// and horizontal hatch marks to create tic tac toes ### on both surfaces to be joined. Rub in water to create slip (glue) to attach pieces. Wriggle into place and smooth joined edges.
  5. Poke 1 hole in center of plaque or two holes, one on each side, for hanging. The choice may depend on the student’s design.
  6. Cut around top of design and hanging hole to custom fit the plaque. Smooth edges.
  7. Sign the artwork on the back with a toothpick. 
  8. Let dry for 14 days. Bisque fire in the kiln. 

Procedure, Session 2:

  1. Glaze with 2-3 coats of glaze. 
  2. Don’t get glaze on the bottom! Or use stilts in the kiln so the glaze doesn’t come in contact with the kiln shelf.
  3. Let dry overnight and glaze fire in the kiln.
  4. Attach a ribbon to the vase through the holes for hanging.