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I've found that the 10 gallon buckets that ice cream comes in works
great for recycling clay. I have a big bucket for dry pieces and a couple
more for leather hard clay. Recycling clay is one of my clean-up duties
everyday along with sweeping, tables, etc. These middle school kids
actually fight over who gets to do it. Sometimes I catch them just working
their hands through it when it's not even their duty during class. They love
the mushy feel of the clay- it really is therapeutic! Only 7th and 8th
graders get to recycle clay because they are much better at wedging it and
know how to rotate it without making a huge mess. For about 3 months, I was
hoarse all of the time and could barely talk. Doctors couldn't figure it
out. Another ceramic teacher I know said that the same thing happened to
her one year because she didn't keep the clay buckets covered constantly.
Fungi in the air or something. I don't know if it's true but I have gotten
Michelle H. Harrell
North Garner Middle School
Garner, North Carolina
( ) "Art is the form of the picture that has come
! ^ ^ ! into being through the nerves, heart,
^! * * ! ^ brain, and eye of man."
! \ ^ / ! -Edvard Munch
( ( 0 ) ) 1907
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>From: "Sharon Hause" <smhause>
>To: AbeleSmith, colmans1,
>Subject: Re: Recycling clay
>Date: Wed, 05 May 1999 19:09:34 PDT
>All clay goes into large plastic buckets from the kitchen. I
continually add water to reconstitute. Art Survey students, who are new to
our dept.(we have too many to make a mess) and wheel work can take clay from
the new boxes. All advanced students, Art II 3-D, Ceramics III and IV must
reconstitute clay. Whenever we make plaster, we pour a new bat. This way
the students can spoon the wet clay onto a plaster bat and work it out until
manageable for handbuilts. They really don't like it, but we find that they
don't waste any or leave their clay out since it does take work to prepare
it for their projects.
>>To: colmans1, artsednet.edu
>>Subject: Re: Recycling clay
>>Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 23:26:47 EDT
>>I just dump the old clay.
>>I saved and saved and saved for years and years and years.
>>I tried to knead it all myself and didn't have the time.
>>I tried to train parent volunteers, and after an hour of kneading,
>>Clay is cheap, so I just buy more. I order what I'll need at the
>>of each year and plan for those scraps to be tossed out.
>>I save way too much stuff, anyway, and felt kinda proud to be able
>>Terry in Garland, TX
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