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Lesson Plans

Clay Head Sculptures

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Kathleen McCrea (kwmccrea)
Tue, 03 Jun 1997 04:49:26 -0500

I apparently needed to give more information about the Clay Head
Sculptures that blew up.
1. CLAY USED: 4 bags Gold Art to 1 bag AP Green Fire Clay

A. Wedged clay
B. Used Armature: Formica base, piece of wood with
metal egg beater type configuration is placed into the wood portion.
There's a picture of this type of armature in Lucchesi's book on Ceramic
Sculpture Heads.

3. Stuffed egg beater portion with newspaper and put paper bag
over it.
4. Built clay head over this armature.
5. When completed, sliced off top of head with wire tool, dug
out metal egg beater portion, pulled it out, removed paper, hollowed out
clay. Removed remainder from base. Reattached top of head.
6. Entire head was hollowed, but places behind nose and chin on
some were thicker than they probably should have been.
7. Holes were poked with biology pins all the way through the
heads and all over the heads. We covered the holes back up on the
outside of the head and left them open into the center.
8. Bottom of clay head was left totally open---essentially
looking at the head upside down, it was like a large pot--open inside.

Majority of Heads in ELECTRIC kiln were ok. I did this project
2 other times with success. The clay recipe this time was different--I
got it from the new art teacher in the other room--she teaches ceramics.

I do not know what cone the heads were fired at because the
other teacher fired the clay; maybe I need to find out.

More Help will be appreciated.


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