Amazing Marbleized Clay Pots

Amazing Marbleized Clay Pots lesson plan

Create a multicolored, decorative clay vase or dish. Fill it with dried flowers, seashells, or other beautiful items. This is a unique, handmade gift to treasure.

  • 1.

    Find information about different colors of natural clay. You will learn that minerals (or stones) give clay its color. You may have seen porcelain (white clay, often used for fine china) and terra-cotta (red or rust-colored, such as plant pots).

  • 2.

    Sometimes two or more clay colors are mixed a little to create a marbleized look. Here’s one way to easily create this cool effect! Thoroughly blend Crayola Tempera Paint into a ball of Crayola Air-Dry Clay. Then LIGHTLY mix in a little more plain clay, just until you see streaks. It’s marbleized!

  • 3.

    On a paper plate, roll a finger-size coil of your marbleized clay. With the rest of it, use your fingers to create a pinch pot vase or bowl. Try to form an interesting shape! Place the pot upside down on a ball of crumpled newspaper. Dampen the bottom of your pot with your finger. Attach your coil to make a base. Air-dry the pot for at least 2 days.

  • 4.

    What natural objects would look beautiful inside your bowl or vase? Arrange seed pods, paper flowers, stones, or feathers inside, for example. What a wonderful, unique gift!


  • Children find out about the mineral composition and its effect on the color of different clays.
  • Children simulate the varied colors of organic clays to create a marbleized dish suitable for display or as a gift.


  • Research the environmental and geological factors that contribute to different regional clay colors. What colors of clay are found in your area? If possible, create a display of them with samples, locations, their names, and minerals responsible for the c
  • Explore historical pottery. Relate the clay used in these works to the area and culture in which it was created.
  • Assessment: Observe whether students achieved a marbleized effect by following directions. Did they successfully create a unique clay pot?