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Re: Seventh Grade Ceramics

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Brenda Bain (brenda_b)
Tue, 10 Mar 1998 06:55:32 -0500

>I am looking for a new project for seventh grade ceramics. The classes
>are 40 min long every day. There are 30 kids in a class with 28 seats.
>Classes are of mixed ability. Projects cannot be too large- storage
>space is at a minimum. Any suggestions?

Try bells. They're small, take some skill, and fun. Make a small pinch
pot first - stress thin walls and bell shape. Model an animal or an
object- this will be used for the handle. Attach the animal/handle with
slip. Run a sharp stick from the bottom inside of the bell into the
handle's body to allow air to escape. Create 2 holes in the bell's body
(use plastic soda straws) close to the handle. This is to attach the
clapper. Have a large unglazed container ready. Have students make
clappers (small beads). Place them inside the container to be fired -
keeps the little suckers from rolling around. After the bells have been
bisqued they can glaze them, or paint them with acrylics, attach the
clappers with strong nylon fishing line, and then ring their bells like
crazy. They aren't nearly as noisy as whistles! That's another project
entirely :-)


Brenda Bain
Art Teacher
St. John Elementary, Quincy, FL
Doctoral Student, Art Ed., FSU