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Re: [teacherartexchange] Glass marbles in the kiln and drape technique


From: NANCY WALKUP (nwalkup_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon May 23 2005 - 18:14:13 PDT

Cindy: Your over-the-knee bowls would make a good article for SchoolArts.

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  From: The Ericksons
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  What a great glazing idea! I love it!
  Just to add onto this thread: When we make these drape bowls (I usually do it w/ 5th graders) we take a rolled out slab of clay and cut the edges into an odd-interesting pattern then mold the bowl over the students bent kneecap-you sortof throw it on there and then shape it. The kids love this and think it is very fun! You can put clear wrap over their jeans or if you are brave just slap it right on the jeans or on a bare kneecap for artwork you can really get into!! You can build a foot to put on the bottom out of a coil of clay.
  We let them dry on the shelf upside down over a wadded up ball of newpaper. It is also interesting to show the difference between a "natural" bowl made from rough edged clay and a "styled" bowl made when you trim the edge with a knife in a more controlled manner. Most kids are naturally attracted to the cut-precise style and it is a learning experience for them to think about the edges just being natural. Some kids like to put something on their kneecap to add texture-wadded up clear wrap, burlap, bags that fruit come in etc.
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    In a message dated 05/23/2005 5:35:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 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 their 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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