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RE: japanese clay project

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Sears, Ellen (
Thu, 11 Feb 1999 11:09:24 -0500

I just made clay rattles with my 5th graders. We practiced with pinch pots
the first week. The second week they made the rattles. I had examples done
in white and red low fire clay - they did theirs in stoneware (we were
investigating different pitches)
They made 10 - 20 small beads (about the size of a pea) - wrapped in paper
towels and place in lower pot. The other pot was also supported with paper
towels.) We used a needle tool to put a small hole in the end of one pot.
(Although we can't find the hole in one of the examples I made - we didn't
take a chance with the rest.)

When they were fired the rattles didn't work at first. The kids had to
shake them to break up the ash - the beads didn't have enough mass to break
it up easily. I would have them make larger beads - less of them... don't
pack the pots so tightly.

They shaped the spheres when the pots were joined - there were some
interesting shapes. They added texture to areas on the rattle.

All 50 made it through the firing process - mine exploded... (but I was
getting fancy - I had shaped it into a sleeping duck /swan and may have
twisted a bubble in.)


> ----------
> From: Louise Cosgrove
> Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 1999 8:35 PM
> To: Cheryl Lane
> Cc: Artsednet
> Subject: Re: japanese clay project
> There is a contemporary Japanese potter (I forget her name) living in New
> Jersey who makes closed pots, but just before closing them, she drops in a
> small piece of clay with a paper wrapped around it on which she has
> written
> some special feelings, poetry, memories, etc. When the pot is fired, the
> paper disintegrates, leaving behind the loose piece (s). When shaken, it
> makes a lovely jingling sound and the memory is stirred again. What a
> charming concept! It could easily be done with second graders by joining
> two pinch pots at the open ends with some scoring, slip, and blending.
> Cheryl Lane wrote:
> > Hi wonderful inspiring intelligent group of art teachers!!!!! (the only
> > people who understand me!! thats why all the compliments!!!))))
> > I am working on a japanese unit for 2nd grade and need some ideas for a
> > clay project!! we are going to do some fish printing and papermaking and
> > I would like to tie in our clay project to the japanese culture...please
> > let me know of any ideas!!!!
> > thanks
> > sherry
> > in sunny fl