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Re: a clay question


From: The Austin's (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Mar 19 2002 - 07:43:10 PST

I have used newspaper inside projects to help them keep their form, as well
as cardboard. My kiln isn't vented so I do all firings at night when the
building is empty and it gets kind of stinky and smoky, but the projects
turn out well! My kiln is at least 35 years old - and please, nobody e-mail
me about getting it vented. If I say anything then I won't get to do clay
anymore - there is no $$$$$$!!!

> A teacher at another school asked me this question and I told her I
> would go to the experts.
> "I'm getting ready to make some fish with my 5th graders with clay.
> Do you think it would hurt
> the kiln to fire it with newspaper in the clay? I'm going to try to
> make some fish and we need
> to newspaper to help it stay more round when it is drying and trying to
> get the newpaper out of
> it when the clay is not bisque will be risky. What are your thoughts?"

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