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Lesson Plans

Working with clay

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28 Jan 1997 22:14:15 -0000

Hi. I am a studio art major and I am currently working toward
teacher certification. I will be student teaching this semester so I am
sure many will be hearing from me again for advice, but for now I have an
idea for those inquiring about working with clay. I am a pottery
concentration and one great way to get flowing, slabs that resemble cloth or
material is to roll out your slabs and then gently use a rolling pin to roll
a layer of cheese cloth into the clay. This helps to keep the clay from
cracking and pulling apart when drying. When the form is fired the cheese
cloth will be burned from the clay and your sculptural form will be left to
either paint or glaze. This method makes great scrolls and can be very
useful for sculptural ceramics.
Another great idea is to make slabs that your students can decorate
with letters or numbers they have traced onto and cut from a slab. Then
attach the letters or numbers to the slab. These make great name plates or
house numbers that they can use at home, it gives a great sense of
satisfaction to make something they can display and is useful. I hope these
ideas are helpful.