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Re: need clay suggestions

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JUDIEJ48
Fri, 5 Sep 1997 04:44:00 -0400 (EDT)

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Ellen, one of my favorite projects is a teapot, demonstrating their "favorite
___________ (story, person, food, sport, etc)".
Rarely did I have repeats of the same subject in each class. I had
everything from a hand holding a basketball, to a pineapple, to a hunk of
cheese with a mouse on top, to a bear holding a honey pot, a sculpture of
their house and tons more. Teapots are a popular artform in the ceramics
world. If you can get copies of "Ceramics Monthly" or "American Craft"
magazines, there are wonderful inspirational ideas in these magazines. The
challenge is to figure out how to incorporate the spout and handle to achieve
a design that flows smoothly and doesn't appear awkward. The teapots were
started from two pinch pots slipped together then paddled into the shape they
want. Spouts were wrapped around brush handles or some type of rod (wrap
with papertower so clay won't stick to rod) to form a hollow cylinder, cut
end at an angle to attach to pot easier. Handles were either coils or
sculpted items. They were finished by painting with underglazes and glazes.
If time allows they can also make cups and saucers to match.

Good luck.

Judie J


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