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Lesson Plans


clay

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Heidi McElroy (hmcelroy)
Mon, 27 Jan 1997 19:42:03 -0500


Christy, Some of my successful clay projects have been building a whimsical
mug using the method of your choice (slab, coil, pinch pot): clay whistles
in the form of animals, a slab plate that deals with food. I can send you
lesson plans on the whimsical mug (e-mail me). I emphasize a whimsical
form. I find that students who promise me a whimsical paint job, rarely
follow through(...though I have gotten some great ones). Last year I got a
fish, a horse, a cow with udders and one year I got a golf course with a
little tunnel through the middle of it to shoot a minature golf ball
through. The plate that deals with food is a project that I discovered at
a VAEA conference. You lay a slab over a Chinet paper plate and go from
there. We used underglazes to write sayings about food on it. You can use
it to build a three dimensional meal, makes a great pizza, or a lattice
topped pie. One creative student built a little village of mushroom houses
on it complete with landscaping. One great thing is that you can apply
underglaze to the clay immediately...then add clear glaze and glaze fire
when dry, of course. Success for everyone and really tests your
creativity. Good luck. I am looking forward to hearing other experiences.
Heidi McElroy