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To increase green strength to a clay body you can put fiberglass fibers
into the clay. You'd fun into problems with the noxious fumes when firing
Have you tried fixing broken sections with "paper clay"?
A demonstration repeated several times over the semester on the fragility
of bone dry ware may be helpful too.
Studio One Art Center
At 08:46 AM 4/13/99 -0400, Ann Wilschke wrote:
>Well, it has happened again... Yesterday I had two terrific clay projects
>broken by someone who was handling them. They were on the top shelf of
>the open kiln. I find it very hard to keep the kids (6 to 8th grade) from
>handling objects which are drying or dry, but not yet fired. I do not want
>to totally restrict their access to the kiln area. It is in one corner of
>my classroom. However this is very frustrating. I am wondering how you
>all handle it. I am also wondering if this clay is not as strong before
>firing as other clay bodies I might be using. Any suggestions would be
>greatly appreciated. Ann in Michigan