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Artsednet -burnishing coil pots


Date: Wed Nov 17 2004 - 19:59:28 PST

Hi all,
   Once again a topic comes up in the group that is relevant to what we
are doing!My 3rd graders are finishing a coil pot. I wanted to try
burnishing especially since they recently had been on a field trip and saw
Cherokee potters burnishing their pieces. I'm not much of an expert on
ceramics and I always look forward to the posts of those who are. I am
afraid to let 3rd graders handle leather hard pieces and wonder how this
would work when I only see them once a week. The week in between would be
too long wouldn't it? We made the pots, let them dry painted some border
designs on them with black underglaze and then I fired them at 06. My kiln
is all digital and I just push the buttons following the cheat sheet we
got when the kilns were purchased. We used a reddish looking clay and this
week the students polished them with Mop and Glow. They look ok but I
would have loved for them to have the experience of burnishing. There are
no river rocks around here so we would have had to use spoons. I've been
reading all the responses to the original question and I have a question
for Numo. You say, "When I have shown that age level
burnishing I just do the leather hard burnish." Could you please explain
what you mean by the leather hard burnish? Do you do it or have you let
students as young as 3rd grade do it?
               thanks, Jeryl