Clay Art Flower: A Beginner’s Step by Step Guide to Clay Sculpting

Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.


Just as the quote by Luther Burbank implies, one should take the initiative to make things happen. You will never know how beautiful your artwork will be until you start crafting it.

To encourage more people to pick up clay art, Artist Celine Chia shares her expertise with a step-by-step guide to sculpting a Clay Art Flower.

Materials needed:

Clay

1 x Straw or 1 x Stick

Clay Art Sculpting tools

Steps:

Petal of a Clay Art Flower made by Artist Celine Chia
One Petal of a Clay Art Flower
  1. Decide on the number of petals on the flower (in this case, 4)
  2. Pinch off a lump of clay and roll it into 4 balls
  3. Use a rolling pin to roll a thin oval shape clay (about 1 mm)
  4. At one end of the oval, pinch the edges to make it thinner. This thicker edge will be the base while the thinner edge will form the petals.
  5. Use the clay art sculpting tools to carve out lines on the ovals. This will define the petals of the flower.
  6. Repeat step 3 for all the 4 balls
  7. This step will require the straw/stick. Using the thicker edge of the oval, attach it onto the tip of the straw.
  8. Repeat step 7 for the rest of the petals (ovals).
  9. Using a different coloured clay, roll a small round bead.
  10. Stick the bead on top of the 4 petals (oval). This forms the head of the flower (Center).
  11. To make the petals more defined, use your fingers to mould the edges of the petals (make it thinner). This provides a more distinct oval-shape and helps breathe life to the clay art flower.

A craftsman knows in advance what the finished result will be, while the artist knows only what it will be when he has finished it.

Carpe Diem! Whether you’re a craftsman or an artist, you’ll only know once you get your hands active and busy and start creating your own clay art flower. So start working on your masterpiece today!

Discover more of Celine’s works on her Instagram and Facebook!

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