The final lesson this term is an enjoyable reward for all the last few weeks’ hard work. In this session, we explore the Roman art of millefiore (‘thousand flowers’ in Italian) glass making, which is still a style popular today. After investigating how these amazing artefacts are made, pupils will then turn their hand to making their own millefiore bowls from colourful polymer clay.
You can see how modern millefiori glass is made in the YouTube video below. It’s not too dissimilar to how the Romans did it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw_yUsTVS0
wk23_pres This Powerpoint file displays the steps involved in both the original glass millefiore process, and the classroom polymer clay activity.
wk23_millefiori_instructionsThis is a one-page sheet for the pupils’ reference as they make their bowls.
Polymer clay can be bought fairly cheaply: this pack from Amazon easily provides enough clay for one class.