Posted by: dbjaquith | April 30, 2016

The Return of Clay

Third graders develop craft with clay techniques.

Third graders develop craft with clay techniques.

Attaching a foot to a bowl.

Attaching a foot to a bowl.

We’ve waited for months. We’ve been patient. We’ve had to trust the process even though that process took eight months for the kiln venting system to be rerouted and approved by the building inspector. Finally, in April, we have received permission to fire up the kiln. During the first firing some pretty nasty fumes emerged and were attributed to oil on the new duct work. I came in over the vacation week to fire again just to see if the odor would disappear and it did. Now, with three firings, it seems the kiln is once again working well!

Painting glaze designs on fired clay.

Painting glaze designs on fired clay.

About half of the fourth and fifth graders chose clay for their 4-class WOW exploration. Students in all other grades can choose clay each class. This means a ton of clay artwork to be fired and sorted by class. Which is great because we have all missed the spontaneity and flexibility of clay in the art studio. We are so happy to have clay back again!

Younger students decorate their art with watercolor.

Younger students decorate their art with watercolor.


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