I do clay rattles with my 7th graders. We do pigs and I tie them in to the
current trend with the New York/Chicago/KS City cows, Cinncinati pigs, etc
etc. We make our pinch pots, then I have the students make 8 - 10 little
balls of clay and wrap each in a bit of paper towel to keep them from
sticking together. The paper burns off in the kiln. You can see them at
> I want to try a lesson to make clay rattles by putting two pinch pots
> together-- I heard somebody talk about it and it sounds great, but I can't
> remember the details. What goes inside to rattle? (I'm thinking the idea
> to fire clay pieces inside. What's a good art history link for the
> does anybody have information on this kind of lesson?
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