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Re: Clay Management Needed!

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Jhirunrtx_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Nov 19 2001 - 18:36:55 PST


I do coil pots with 4th grade (artist Maria Martinez) Clay masks with 3rd
grade (using a slab technique) dinosaurs with 2nd (sculpture) pinch pots
with 1st (japanese tea cups) clay boxes with 5th and slab with kdg(press
different objects for texture lesson)
I try never to do one grade level at a time, but I have between 80-100 kids
per grade level. I cover the tables with newspaper and work the clay on a
wallpaper mat. There are several good videos for technique that you could
use and of course demonstrate the method yourself. I've found that doing
several steps together instead of demonstrating it all at once is more
successful. My fourth graders just finished their coil pots and they are
sitting in the kiln ready to be fired tomorrow. First grade is getting ready
to do pinch pots in two weeks. For coil pots, it've found the kids to be
more successful if they build in a bowl. It gives them some support. They
cut out a slab circle for a base and then attach coils. I haven't been brave
enough to use glazes, we just paint our finished pots with watercolors. They
turn out great. You could go to my school website and view some pots from
last year. www.pisd.edu Just click on schools, mine is Wells Elementary.
I also did my coil pots this year in two class periods, ( I see them once a
week) and they wrapped their pots in a plastic bag. I bought a large roll of
plastic bags from the produce section of my local grocery store.
Just make sure you allow them to dry completely before firing them.
Good luck.

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