I just allowed my fourth grade students to add marbles to the bottom of large pinch pots. I fired at 04. They came out beautiful. The kids were so excited to see the finished product! I know they'll remember this for a long time.
Jill in Colorado
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Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Glass marbles in the kiln
In a message dated 05/23/2005 5:35:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time, RWilk85411@aol.com writes:
We have been experimenting with fusing and slumping glass. How many on the list are working with glass in this way?
This year my 4th graders formed ceramic dishes using a slab of clay and plaster drape molds that they each made by pouring plaster into a stryofoam bowl. When they glazed them, I let them choose glass marbles to put in the bottom of the dish. WOW! What fun discoveries they made! The mables melted and were an absolutely magnificent addition to their finished bowl. They used gloss glazes all over their bowls first, then placed the marbles inside. The red marbles turned bright yellow-orange and the clear with colors swirled interestingly. The process of ceramics is always a surprise in the finished product and this was the ultimate fun for them! When I ran out of the round marbles I went to a big crafts store in my area that had big bags of glass "stones" (used in flower arrangements) that have flat bottoms and we used those with ecellent results, as well. On sale they were a very good price for 5lbs. If you decide to try this, I suggest that you wash each dish before the kids handle them because thei
r is a "glass dust" left from the firing that have little sharp pieces. I fired the pieces at cone 06.
Susan on Long Island
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