Art that exists in the dimensions of depth, height and width is considered three dimensional. It can be viewed from all sides. Making sculpture is a great way to enjoy the tactile nature of modelling materials and get your hands dirty! There are a variety of different materials available, including oven-hardened polymer clays, air drying clay, Modroc, and plaster of Paris. In recent years, the use of air-drying clay has removed the need for a kiln, making clay sculpture accessible to everyone.

3D - Ceramic Houses


Everyone can start by drawing a house from memory. It may be a house you remember, or you can refer to examples you have handy if you need some inspiration. Using air drying clay, each create your own house. As you work, discuss the house you are making and the features you remember. Create the houses by either: using a lump of clay and moulding it into shapes with your hands or roll out flat pieces of clay and cut them into rectangular shapes, joining them together to form a box. Embellish your houses with windows, doors, a roof, and a chimney. Once these are dry, paint them with acrylic paints. Display them all together to create your communal village scene.


  • Air drying clay
  • Rolling pins
  • Modelling tools
  • Trays (to stand sculptures on)
  • Acrylic paints


Before joining your cut clay pieces, you may want to let them dry out for a day to make them easier to handle. When joining the pieces, score both edges with a knife or fork. Apply water to the scored surface, push together and smooth over the join. Cut out some windows and a door using a modelling knife. Add any further embellishments, then leave to dry.

Artist Inspiration: Antony Gormley