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Let’s Discuss Clay! Half 1

Properly good day there, y’all! It has been a minute…and, if you have not heard, rather a lot has occurred round right here. Like, as an example, me stepping away from instructing artwork in a classroom setting after doing so for 25 years! I KNOW. CRAZY. All the main points on THAT very quickly however first…a little bit one thing that I have been promising on Instagram for fairly a while: an enormous ole submit on all issues CLAY. 

Let’s first cowl my provide checklist of Should-Have’s for working with clay:

* TOOTHBRUSHES! I am so sorry to shout…truly, I am not. You’ll thank me later however THIS is what your youngsters needs to be utilizing once they slip and rating. Purchase this set and use them yr after yr!

* WATER DISHES! That is the place we hold our slip. Actually, I exploit the identical set of no-spill cups every year, simply add extra clay to it. When clay time is over, I let the water evaporate and simply go away the dried clay inside. When the brand new yr begins, I simply add water and now we have insta-slip! Children dip their brushes right here. We even have a set of those only for portray…so I haven’t got to fret about cleansing them out after we change from clay to portray!

* DOGGIE DISHES! Okay, so that is a substitute for the no-spill cups. I like these! We use these additionally when portray. So if the opposite cups are an excessive amount of in your finances, attempt these!

* DOILIES! Since I began shouting, now I simply can’t cease. I LOVE doilies…in reality, simply scroll under and you will see a ton of my tasks includes a texture…it is from theses dangerous boys! You can even discover them at your native thrift retailer and yard sale so be on the look out!

*SKEWERS! I believe everyone knows about utilizing skewers with clay however one factor that actually all the time bothered me was how lengthy they have been. I used to be all the time considering somebody was gonna lose an eye fixed! Not a cheerful thought. I found these shorter skewers a pair years in the past and now…that is all we use. 

*TRAYS! Include all of that dusty mess with trays. I did not begin utilizing trays till lately and I used to be like WHERE HAS THIS BEEN MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE?! 
* REUSEABLE TOWELS! Oh man…I can’t let you know how a lot this saved the MESS in my room this yr. Hear me out: I positioned a bin of water on every desk with a splash of cleaning soap and a couple of towels. On the finish of every artwork class, the youngsters used a towel to each clear their fingers and the desk. This stored the mud mess down! My custodian pal was so comfortable. 

The opposite objects you will discover on my checklist are the air dry clays I’ve used previously. I am additionally sharing glaze (which is just used on kiln fireplace clay). I buy my clay domestically from The Clay Woman. She additionally sells the clay mats I strongly suggest. If you are going to buy your clay domestically, you will be supporting native companies. 
And now…on with the present!

Is not it loopy to suppose that we’re anticipated to learn about all issues clay…simply cuz now we have an artwork teacherin’ diploma?! Properly, I created a video sharing every little thing I learn about clay. You may catch much more particulars on this weblog submit. 

After all, there are many methods so as to add lovely colour to ceramics with out the effort of a second fireplace and of the expense of glaze. I will share a TON of tasks within the second installment of this weblog submit that don’t require glaze…and nonetheless look wonderful. BUT FIRST…

What’s Clay is a video I created a number of years in the past to share with my college students on the very first day of working with clay. With my 30 minute courses, we watch the movies after which we spend the remainder of class simply rolling up our sleeves and getting a little bit messy. It is an excellent introduction to clay, it doesn’t matter what the venture. This is a peak on the video:

And now…a second from our sponsor. 

Me. I am the sponsor. 

Lots of my tasks may also be achieved with air dry clays, both home made or store-bought. And if you’re kiln-less and would really like a little bit extra steering, I wrote a complete e-book about it! You will discover it right here

Okay, y’all. I actually thought I may additionally add all my favourite clay tasks additionally on this weblog submit BUT…I believe I will save that for the second installment of this collection, so keep tuned. Till then, have a superb one!

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