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Re: Cover tables for clay? air dry clay, I stopped using it due to cracking...l


From: Christine Besack (mrsbeeswax_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Apr 06 2003 - 06:24:00 PDT

Hi All,
 I stopped using air dry clay the past few years due to the cracking
problems. I would like to hear any suggestions as to how to stop this from
happening. I had 4th graders building coil pots, they rolled the coils out
to be at least as thick as their pointer finger. We rolled bases, slipped
and scored, we pressed together the coils also. I just couldn't take their
little faces when the things fell apart or cracked apart.
 Maybe someday the kiln fairy will land on my school and we can do "real "
clay pots !! with glazes and all that " professhunal " artist like stuff.
:) Up to my ears in Model Magic projects
Christine Besack :)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Amy" <>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
Sent: Saturday, April 05, 2003 3:05 AM
Subject: Re: Cover tables for clay?

> on 4/3/03 7:08 PM, Fran Legman at wrote:
> > I will be working with air dried clay (for the first time) with an
> > elementary school. Do any of you have a good way to cover tables?
Also, a
> > good way to store projects for a week and keep them moist?
> >
> > Fran in NJ
> >
> >
> > ---
> i do this all the time. i cover the tables with the bulletin board paper
> rolls. i know it seems expensive, but it lasts and works wel.. you can
> also work on newspaper on TOP of the baord paper to make it last longer.
> i have the kids bring in ice cream containers with lids...or large cottage
> cheese/sour cream, etc containers. i also ask my local coffeeshop (easy
> because i work there on weekends and after school) for the containers they
> get things like muffin batter, sour cream, etc, in. then each kid gets
> and they save the work in them. i re-use them each year.
> ---