I made up a schedule. There was a day to prep and wedge the clay(they needed at least two balls of clay to throw, in case they messed up at first the could just take it off and quickly put another one on without having to wedge it up.
They rotated days on the wheel and days prepping clay. Prepping clay could also include cleaning tools and area. Any way you look at it it is a mess. Having another project (Handbuilt?) to work on helps. I even scheduled the ones who had already thrown to be helpers to students on the wheel.
I had to teach a regular class of 30 students so could not always be on top of them.
They need extra time to clean up.
Reclaiming clay was also a good activity for time not on the wheel. There is a need to have things, specific, for them to do.
Hope this helps...email me if you have any questions
From: Marcia Lavery [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 7:14 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: another Q..... pottery wheel
Hey guys, Thanks for the colored pencil advice. Now here's another question. I have two pottery wheels in my room and the kids have been BEGGING to use them. Last year, I taught some kids how to use the pottery wheel after school for art club and it was a HUGE mess. There was clay all over the floor and everywhere. I want to try teaching it to my advanced art class this year and need some advice. Any tips on keeping the room clean? How have you organized using 2 wheels with 15 students? How much time would you give the students to use the pottery wheels? Any other tips would be appreciated for a new teacher! Thanks, Marcia