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Lesson Plans

Clay rattle firings

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Thu, 21 Oct 1999 08:14:17 EDT

Which kind of clay are you using? One clay will come out light gray/almost
white when it is fired. Another will come out orange. Since the rattles
will not be used as a container from which to eat anything (<G>) I would
suggest not glazing them at all...A watercolor wash looks nice on the lighter
clay body, and a diluted shoe polish stain looks nice on the other. ( Saves
time, especially when you have 120+ of them to fire.) Incised decorations or
added clay textures will provide decoration. We have also added decorative
touches to the rattles by using small clay "stamps"--Squeeze a bit of clay
together about the size of your index finger. Press one end flat on the
table. Carve a design in that and bisque fire. Later, students may use the
"stamp" to add texture and design to their rattles.

Hope this helps,