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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
> 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