Tongue depressors are good clay tools and work well to cut,
smooth and join clay. I always hit the thrift stores for forks
because they are great for scoring edges. Also look for small
plastic bowls which can serve to start a coil pot in. We cut
up discarded maps and flipped them over and stapled them to
old drawing boards for each student to work the clay on. They
keep the mess under control and make clean up go easier.
I had students each pick up a board as they entered the room.
Then they got their work out and whatever tools they needed.
As they cleaned up they stacked the boards "carefully" as not
to send clay dust into the air. It's very bad for the lungs,
especially for the teacher who must breath it all day.
Have Fun, Woody Retired in Albuquerque
Heidi McElroy wrote:
> old credit cards are good for scraping clay from surfaces.
> a stiff brush is good for scrubbing cinder block walls if clay happens to
> leap onto them.
> we work on re-cycled brown paper grocery bags for building and wedging.
> wedging on a protected surface on the floor is quieter for the neighbors and
> allows for more impact.