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Re: [teacherartexchange] Clay research help

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From: Gabrielle Bliss (Gabrielle.Bliss_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Feb 10 2007 - 09:39:42 PST


WOW! Marvin, Thanks for the great questions (and answers!)

Gabrielle in Minnesota
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From: Marvin Bartel <marvinpb@goshen.edu>
Date: Friday, February 9, 2007 9:52 pm
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Clay research help

> >Hi-
> >
> >I have an idea for a clay research project to do with my high
> school students. I want to generate a list of commonly asked
> ceramics questions ( I need at least 30-35 questions) ranging from
> all aspects of making clay sculptures to using the pottery wheel. I
> want them to find the answers on the Internet and then create an
> "answers" poster for their questions that we can then display in
> class. Of course I am under the gun as I go to my conference this
> coming Thursday so I need to get this organized. Does anyone have
> something similar or have some ideas of questions that i can have
> the kids answer?
> >
> >Thanks for the help!
> >
> >Kim
>
> Here is a bunch of questions. Some may work for you.
>
> How are your arms and body positioned to facilitate easy centering
> while throwing?
> An answer is at:
> http://www.goshen.edu/~marvinpb/throw/center.htmlWhy does clay warp
> and crack when it dries?
> An answer is at: http://www.goshen.edu/~marvinpb/dryingslabs.html
> How do you fix a glaze that tends to run off of the pot during firing.
> Answer: add some clay to it. The amount needs to be determined
> by experimentation.
> What is the difference between expressive pottery and abstract
> expressionism in clay?
> Who is the most famous woman clay artist who lived and worked in
> the last 200 years?
> How does salt-glazing work?
> How can the same glaze be red in some firings and be green in other
> firings? Hint: This glaze contains some copper.
> Why does clay explode in the kiln?
> When was the wheel first used for making pottery?
> What are common ways to fire pottery without a kiln?
> How is pottery finished without glazing it.
> How is clay that you dig yourself processed and prepared for using?
> An answer at: http://www.goshen.edu/~marvinpb/dryingslabs.html
> Who was the longest living working clay artist in the United States
> and what was she famous for?
> Hint: She died in 1998 at 105. Her book is titled, I SHOCK
> MYSELF.How is slip for slip casting different than slip that
> collects in the water while you are throwing a pot?
> Hint: How and why is the acidity different?
> What are three or more advantages to having holes in some bricks?
> Why would a sculpture that consists of a cube balancing on one
> corner be a sculpture in the round.
> Who was Viola Frey? Why was she important? What was the style of
> her work?
> Who was Shoji Hamada? Why was he important? What was the style of
> his work?
> Who was Benard Leach? Why was he important? What was the style of
> his work?
> Who was Peter Voulkos? Why was he important? What was the style of
> his work?
> Who is Ruth Duckworth? Why is she important? What is the style of
> her work?
> Who is Toshiko Takaezu? Why is she important? What is the style of
> her work?
> Who was Adelaide Alsop Robineau? Why was she important? What was
> the style of her work?
> What is the chemical difference between the unfired clay and the
> fired clay molecule?
> Why have people died from breathing ordinary clay dust?
> What temperature is needed to convert clay to bisqueware??
> What are the advantages of single firing compared to the advantages
> of using a two-firing process?
> Why do some glazes craze?
> How does cone 6 differ from cone 06?
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> Enjoy!
>
> Marvin Bartel
> Marvin Bartel, Ed.D., Professor of Art Emeritus
> Goshen College, 1700 South Main, Goshen IN 46526
> studio phone: 574-533-0171
> The First Throwing Assignment
> http://www.goshen.edu/art/DeptPgs/assign1.htm??
> http://www.bartelart.com
> http://www.goshen.edu/art/ed/art-ed-links.html
> "Art is me when I am myself." ... a kindergarten girl when asked,
> "What is art?"
> "You can't never know how to do it before you never did it before."
> ... a kindergarten boy working with clay for the first time.
>
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