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Clay Ideas for H. S.
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I'm looking for fresh ideas in clay for all levels. We make basic containers in level 1, masks in level 2, and I let them choose various sculptures in higher levels.

Any subjects or technique ideas out there that work better than others?

I'm not real wild about tiles, but can be convinced. :-)
Advice on jewelry?
Would love to discuss possible materials for armatures, also.

Thanks for talking...


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This is not the response you are looking for, but maybe it will inspire all the art teachers out there. I am looking at a clay vase I made in 7th grade. It was made by looping ropes of clay around and around. I chose some sort of splotchy yellow paint and once it was finished it looks kinda like a bee hive.

I found it when cleaning out my mom's house. My husband and sister thought it was something she picked up from a street artist vendor (a hobby of hers). Now, almost 40 years later, I like it and proudly display it in my living room.
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Great Story, Trish
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That's a great story, Trish. The fact that your Mom kept it says a lot about her heart.

I'll remember to include the coil pot method in my curriculum this year.
How tall is your vase?
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It's about 6-8 inches. I remember making it, and really enjoyed it. When it was done I regretted my color choice, seems like a friend chose some bright color. But now I like it.
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There is so much you can do with the basic coil idea. You can require different sizes and shapes (vessels that round and curve in or round and taper out), you can require slip texture on the outside, you can have them do a coil set project (tea kettle with cups or bowl set).
You could do a slump mold pot.
I would also suggest you check out pinterest. If you type in clay pots you should find a bunch of ideas


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raku?
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Don't know what your kiln situation is, or limitations...

Raku or garbage firing is fun.

Did that in university and high school.

No access to wheel?

I'd second slab and coil construction for vessels/containers.

I did beads in camp this year. Used blunted kabob skewers. Some kids make "wind chimes".

Can you see what the local community college is doing in their ceramics program? It might not be so "kiddie" than Pi terst.
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