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Lesson Plans


Re: ceramics supplies

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DeDeRuss
Sun, 30 May 1999 19:00:34 EDT


I make "clay presses" from bits of clay. They are quick to make---I bring
clay home and while watching tv or when I have extra time I make them by
rolling a small amount of clay into a quarter size ball...pull a little bit
out from the ball so it has a lightbulb shape...it should look like a drawer
knob...flatten out the ball top, then I make designs...poke holes...press
textures into it...make flower shapes....press natural objects into
them...etc... I make all shapes and sizes and make little relief "rolling
pins" that can be rolled into the clay as well. I fire these and they make
perfect clay presses for the students to press into their clay work. I have
also have had students make their own, they enjoy making them for their work
such as slab pots, then they donate them to the class. I now have hundreds
of them, they last a long time as long as they don't drop them on the floor.
The little guys love pressing them into their pinch pots, they spend a long
time looking for the "right designs" to press into their clay.