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Lesson Plans

Re: clay recommendations/company contact/techniques for air dry

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Fri, 26 Jun 1998 18:40:14 EDT

Hi Vicki,
Check w/ your local Clay Supplier - I have a kiln but I also order non firing
clay from them. It costs the same per pound as their regular clay -- it is
made w/ tree rosin. The company is in Mebane NC near Durham. They are
Piedmont Pottery Supply/The Man who owns it has an MFA in Ceramics so he could
tell you if it is available else/where/you live - all the air dry I've ever
seen in catalogues is expensive as Haggis.
Their # is 1-800-pie-clay cute huh?
I have the kids start w/ a 1/2 pound ball of clay I premeasure & weigh w/ a
food scale
& tell them to pull head / neck & legs from the clay ball & be sure to taper-
legs /tell them not to worry about the likeness - the paintjob will make it
look more like
a leopard or whatever-I show them Outsider Art /Self Taught/Primative. I would
avoid the traditional use of break-off-add-on w/ slip b/c water isn't binding
it- rosin is.
I had them make an animal they were studying 1st-farm animals/ 2cnd-dinosaurs/
3rd-rainforest animals/ 4th-NC animals/ 5th-rain forest animals/ 6th-
endangered species. Only the 6th used airdry b/c it was for a biome project
-so no time to wait for firing-outside of class project. Good Luck!..Bill