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Lesson Plans


Japanese clay project

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Riverrat (mselle)
Mon, 08 Feb 1999 19:32:39 -0500


Since I teach k-2nd grade art, and since a great portion of my training as
an artist was with the arts of Asia, I can recommend a simple clay project
for your 2nd grade class which extends your studies of Japanese art. Try
doing simulated raku tea ceremony cups. If you are not familiar with the
authentic version, they are cups without handles, irregularly shaped with
just a bit of a rolled lip. They are slow fired in a raku kiln with all
sorts of organic matter which gives them an earthy appearance. 2nd graders
can make pinch pots and turn down the lip a bit. They can be off balance,
indented here and there, easy for these guys! After regular bisque firing
you can glaze them with earthtone colors. Remember, if they are to be used
for drinking, you must use lead free glaze, fire at correct temperature,
and inside must be totally covered with glaze. You can hold a tea ceremony
using herbal tea if regular tea if off limits, or pretend tea, plain water.
If you have time, go to the library, it's a fascinating subject. Good
luck. Sincerely, Diane L.