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Fifth grade this year did clay fruit and they glazed them with lead
free glazes. They used miller's clay cone 06 from Bennet Pottery in Florida.
They began by making long narrow pinch pots, gradually pulling the top and
closing the hole to make pears and apples. I even tried this with a fourth
and fifth drop out class and they did well. They can put a stem and leaf on
top and put a pencil hole on the bottom for the air to circulate. I let the
pieces dry for a week and a half. I couldn't use the cadnium glazes because
they weren't safe for elementary school kids. So I ordered a purplish red for
the apples, a canary yellow for bananas, leaf green for the leaves, and an
earth green for the stems. I told the kids to layer the glazes for an apple
or a pear. Pink glaze layered with yellow glaze makes a nice pear color.
Yellow layered with the purplish red made a nice apple color.
Don't have them make oranges!
I had wonderful results from all my fifth graders and my alternate
Hope this helps.