Clay

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There are several “plastic” sculptural media for centers that can be changed and molded with the hands and tools.

  • Pottery clay
  • Air-dry clay
  • Plasticene or modeling clay
  • Home made or purchased “play dough”

The best tools are the students’ fingers!
Other tools:

  • Clay tools
  • Sticks and old pencils
  • Kitchen tools, such as garlic presses and pasta tools
  • Rolling pins or hard cardboard tubes
  • Combs
  • Toothbrushes for scoring
  • Fabric and other textured material

Important skills:

  • Scoring and attaching
  • Wedging
  • Rolling coils
  • Hollowing thick forms
  • Slab-building
  • Smoothing cracks and edges
  • Adding decorative textures

Clay objects can include both sculptures and functional containers.  Surface decoration for bisque fired clay can be completed with watercolor, permanent marker and acrylic paint if glazing is not possible.  Some teachers encourage glazing of only functional pieces to minimize second firings.

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