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Re: Help with clay

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John R. Tate (Renman1)
Mon, 27 Jan 97 22:01:51 -0500

>Does anyone have any neat suggestions that they would be willing to
>share using coil and slab methods (high school)? I'm tired of getting the
>ashtray look-a-likes!
>I would greatly appreciate your help.
Christy, there have been loads of good ceramic projects discussed over
the last few days. I hope you have printed out some of them. I have waged
a personal war against ashrays for the last few years. Here are some good
workable alternatives.

1) Slab - Students are exposed to Cubist style via slide, discussion,
etc. They are to then lan a vase, box, or some other functional piece
which emulates cubist style. Explain that these objects may have multiple
openings and many box-like "branches" protruding.

2) Coil - I have had wonderful sucess getting students to make animals,
Santas (18' high),
and large coil pots out of coils. Strength is the key with lots of
interior smoothing.

3) Someone else mentioned this and it is too good to pass up. Picture
frames are a cinch. They can be personalized with names, impressions,
etc. and they make wonderful gifts. Lots of bright colored glazes really
make this a great project.

R. Tate
Brien McMahon High School
Norwalk, CT