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Re: Restoring Hard Clay!!!

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Jun 02 2004 - 19:47:25 PDT


In all honesty...and I say this because I used to squeezed every half-penny
from every nickel....rewetting dried blocks of clay, wedging for days on
end...feeling like I have tons of clay and then all of it gone in one class period!

 I say PITCH THE CLAY!!!! Your time is worth more than that!!! Shop
around...you can get clay for .13 cents a pound!!! I don't know if you teach
elementary kids...but if you do...time is money!!! Or rather..time = your
sanity!!! I am used to save every scrap, re-wedge...have tons of old dried clay
(actually still have a metal trash can full of dried clay...and I spent weeks and
weeks wetting it, wedging it, storing it....oh my goodness...so not worth my
time! I do keep that can there and I do continue to work on it.

I know...I am lucky to have a decent budget. But even if I did not.....I
have learned there are some things....that aren't a good use of my time. I know
others will disagree with me...if I taught middle or high school where kids
can wedge their own clay, i would feel differently...but..it was a hard lesson
to learn!

PS...yup...just throw some water in, punch some holes with a dowel and hammer
and let it soak over the summer!

Good Luck!

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