The best glue I've used for ceramics is Bond 527 Multi-purpose Cement.
I've used it on both student work and my own coffee mug handles. It
withstands repeated washings and handling. The only caveat is that the
students must be patient and hold the pieces together 'til it bonds well
enough to set aside and dry (I always suggested overnight). They often
tend to wiggle it to see if it's stuck yet, and of course that breaks
The use of artifacts from other cultures is a particular interest of
mine. I couldn't tell from your post if your students were choosing
their own symbols or replicating those of the cultures you're studying,
but I do hope you are encouraging them to select symbols that are
important to them.
Margaret Angstadt wrote:
>First, let me thank all who sent replies regarding curriculum last
>month. I really enjoy this list -- especially all the resources
>(thank you esp to Judy!)
>I am interested in assigning a 'tree of life' theme for my Clay
>Sculpture (HS) class, so I am doing my 'homework' now. I have
>obtained lots of info and images that inform (including the PBS Crafts
>in America dvd) but need some practical/structural advice.
>With reference to the Mexican tradition, II see that the additions
>[figures, flowers, animals, etc.] are added after firing, after
>painting (or before painting sometimes). My question is, do the
>artists use nichrome (high fire) wire >during< the firing, or add wire
>to premade holes >after< firing. Actually, the latter makes more
>sense to me because this 'after firing' wire is more flexible.
>Then there is the glue...suggestions?
>I absolutely love this theme, especially amid a culture of violence
>and death. I have info mostly from Mexico/Peru, and India. I would
>like students to experience more cultural influences, if any of you
>can share resources on this.
>In advance I once again thank you all for making time to share your
>expertise, knowledge, and especially your passion for the arts!