For the first few classes I had the kids roll their own slabs before rolling on the leaves...then it was like World War Three in the kiln-- ka-boom, ka- BOOOM-- oh my. So I used a slab roller for the rest of them and they were fine.
The process was easy-- get a leaf (since we live on a compound in the middle of the desert there aren't many big leaves to choose from-- these are all from one poor tree in my front yard). Roll the leaf onto the slab vein side down and cut around it. Peel off the leaf and you're done. Actually you don't even need to peel off the leaf if you don't want to, it will burn off in the kiln.
The glaze was also a bit of an experiment-- since I FORGOT to order glaze for next year I am trying to conserve. We have to do all international orders in November, and I hadn't braved doing ceramics yet-- so out of sight out of mind. Whoops. So I have a huge amount of underglaze left by my predecessor and not enough clear transparent to cover it. Not great for little ones who like their stuff shiny.
I had a grand glaze conserving scheme to do one layer of underglaze and then use 2 layers of my coveted "regular glaze" (I only have about 10 bottles) on top of it. Art teacher genius, right? Um...no...look how they turned out...
|Bleck, art teacher FAIL|