I have seen several art teachers do this lesson and I knew I had to try it. I purchased metal molds from Bed,Bath and Beyond. Day one the students push a ball of clay into the mold and cut off the extra clay. Then they form a pinch pot for the top portion adding any details. I have them put their name on a piece of paper to separate the two pieces so I can later add their names to the bottom. One piece of advice, make sure you have at least a 1/4 inch thickness around the mold. It it's too thin it will crack.  Bisque fire then glaze, day two and three.


  1. Wow! The color is great! I really want to do this but we just banned cupcakes from the school so I feel funny making them! Boy do I miss that 3:00 sugar rush. . . being the art teacher I got them all! I happen to be part of the ban:( because our kids get zero vegetables and fruit in their school lunch. Anyways sorry for the tangent. I LOVE THESE AND AM SO JEALOUS! I want to come to your art class!

  2. I'm with you on the cupcakes! What is it about neon, glow in the dark frosting? I usually say, "Let me just look and smell" and that usually makes them happy. I do love the homemade chocolate chip cookies that come by at 3:00. Come by anytime! Thanks for joining the blog. I love your site.

  3. More info/pics on the mold please :)

    1. I found that the silicone molds work best for me because they peel away from the clay. They can be found in the cake decorating section of most craft/art supply stores.

  4. I left the molds at my other school. I will take a picture on Monday and post for you to see. They are the single metal molds from Bed, Bath and Beyond. The students get two clumps of clay, one to form the base and one for the top. I have them form it into a snowball and then put their thumb in (like a mushroom) The base is pushed to fit the mold and excess cut off like a pie crust. The top is a pinch pot and then they can use the extra clay they cut off the base for cherries or frosting details

  5. Are they the individual silicone molds? I saw them and wondered if they were sturdy enough to hold the clay?


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