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> 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
> out from the ball so it has a lightbulb shape...it should look like a
> 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
> perfect clay presses for the students to press into their clay work. I
> also have had students make their own, they enjoy making them for their
> such as slab pots, then they donate them to the class. I now have
> of them, they last a long time as long as they don't drop them on the
> The little guys love pressing them into their pinch pots, they spend a
> time looking for the "right designs" to press into their clay.