Let me break this down for you: First, he dug his own clay from his backyard and "processed" it. He took the clay and mixed it with porcelain to create a gradient that had 7 values. (I wish we took pictures of it.) He then took the 7 value rolls and rolled them together. He flattened it and cut off the top to make it level. This is what it looked like when he cut the top off. He plans on forming this into a bowl. We have tested the clay he dug and when bisqued, it turns red. He is making a rose bowl.
Best part, he did all this on his own! He researched every.single.step. He is the epitome of what a TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) student should be. He spends every minute he is not in another class in my room working on clay things and just experimenting and learning new techniques. Yesterday he taught some of my art 1 kids on the wheel. (In return, I mixed some of his gradients for him so I could be present for the rest of the class.)