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Lesson Plans

Pit Firing

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One of the Colmans (colmans1)
Tue, 7 Dec 1999 05:57:27 -0500

We did a "pit firing" in a 30 gallon trash can behind our school, far from
the building. We documented everything we wanted to do ahead of time (
goals, objectives, materials, procedure) and gave it to our principal. He
read it over and then asked us to contact the Fire Chief in town. He came
to see us, asked a few questions, and then gave us his blessing. He stopped
by the day of the firing for a few minutes to see what was going on. He was
intrigued with the experience I think. We surrounded the pots with sawdust
shavings that we had purchased. We got the fire started by using kindling
and newspaper on top ( no lighter fliud or anything else that was extremely
flammable.) We promised our principal that someone would be tending the
fire as long as it burned. There are 2 of us teaching ceramics and we
covered during our preps. When we couldn't be there, we had a responsible
student watching. It all went very well and the kids loved it. Everyone in
the school was talking about it and it generated alot of publicity for our
department. We'll do it again in the Spring.

I have a question for Dennis: Could you please outline directions for
making the black on black pots?

Thanks, Marian

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