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Re: [teacherartexchange] recycling clay


From: Gayle Parent (gayleparent_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Apr 22 2008 - 06:42:06 PDT

Thanks Randy! More good ideas. I appreciate your effort.

On Apr 22, 2008, at 4:15 AM, Randy Menninghaus wrote:
> I am hopping in a little late on this discussion. I earned a C/D in
> ceramics in college.
> It was a long time coming round to clay in our program. However
> all ready mentioned is so true.
> Adding to it:
> I have lots of spray bottles. At the high school level I have finally
> gotten them to stop spraying each others bottoms and crotches
> ( imagine why
> they do this). Instead we do really wet clean up. A heavy spray of
> water
> followed by wet paper towel wipe up. The idea is to prevent clay
> dust from
> happening. We have a bucket in each sink as a prewash for hands
> bucket. I
> have four bowls with bar soap in them that the kids are invited to rub
> their fingernails ( sideways) into before starting. It prevent the
> clay
> getting under nail
> I and speeds wash up.
> I yard sale for rolling pins. I pick up the plastic table mattes
> after a
> holiday is over for 75 percent off. I have a spatula for kids that
> don't
> "get" why you have the place mat under your piece.
> I bought tongs finally for dipping and 1.5 empty plastic buckets.
> We have
> switched to dipping this year. Amazing and so must easier. You
> have to buy
> by the gallon. So I have fewer colors.
> Randy in Maine. PS ( It is spring break and I am going in every day
> to fire
> the kiln, lol, seems we over did the clay units. We got so
> productive that
> I am behind 5 loads ) We also do empty bowls. Google it for
> information R
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