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Posted 21 Jan 2013Eh, there's a lot of factors, really, that will ultimately affect how 'functional' the work is. I'll admit, I'm not familiar with Standard earthenware clays, the little bit of earthenware I've worked with was not very useful for kitchen ware. I think I could have said it better by saying TEST the clay/glaze combo first and see if it will work for something like mugs, and if it turns out it won't, THEN steer the students toward something like flower pots where it won't matter as much if the piece seeps a bit.
I was basing the 'WON'T vitrify' on the firing range the OP gave, at cone 04 its probably NOT vitrified, but maybe it is at the upper end of cone 3. And students frequently don't get a good coat of glaze on work until their third or fourth piece.
ANYWAY you do it meisie, a test run using your planned firing schedules is a good idea, even if you're just firing a few pieces in a mostly empty kiln.
To be honest I'm not too worried about functionality. I think most of the projects will be sculptural in nature. We are starting this after years of air dry clay so even a little seepage will be better than what we used to do. thanks for all your input.
Posted 17 Jan 2013This is wonderful. Be sure to pay close attention to safety and of course you know that you must ventilate. Also there are some chemicals that are unsafe for children and child bearing age women to be exposed to such as cobalt, and copper and there are others please be sure to get all of the information you can so that you and the kids will be safe.
Amaco has lots of information for teachers working with clay and children. Please avail yourself of it. Be safe and do good work and have fun. I am so happy for you and especially for the kids.
Don't forget at some point to have a Pottery Show and invite the whole school, near by schools, PTA, parents and local politicians. Make up a program and cards to identify the children whose work is on display and thank all the folks who gave the funding. God bless you all.
Thank you for your advice and I fortunately have a closet that was originally out fitted for a kiln and since I'm on the good side of the maintenance crew they were able to dig out a vent that they had stored. The closet has a heavy door that does not unlock you can only open it with a key so no one can get in unless they have a key. In that way it will be kid proof.
I spent quite some time on the catalogue and on the phone making sure I had glazes that met the standards Massachusetts allows in the school. I don't want to risk anything at all.
I figured the directions on the bottle were correct but I didn't understand that vitrification can be before glazing as I had not done that at home with my own kiln and glazes.
Thanks again I am so looking forward to doing this with my students.
Posted 16 Jan 2013The labels are correct, as are you in regards to Cone 04 being a higher temperature than 06.
Low fire clay does not vitrify like mid to high fire clays, which is why they require glaze/ underglaze to seal them. Otherwise, they would still be porous and liquids would slowly seep through.
So they second firing does not need to be as hot, as it just needs to melt the glaze.
Thank you. I am relieved wasn't sure how I was going to explain that I needed to return items because I got the wrong thing. I must have read the catalogue descriptions 100 times and talked to the woman on the phone and she assured me I was ordering the right stuff but when I saw the labels I got a bit worried.
Posted 22 Oct 2012Writing is the ultimate slap in the face to lefties for multiple reasons. For one, if you use liquid ink, you either have to drag your hand through it, or adopt the awkward curved, over the top writing style. Second, desks are designed for the right handed. So lefties have to sit oddly in the desks to use the writing surface.
Actually I developed a writing style that keeps my hand straight and I don't have to drag my hand through the ink and and don't curve my hand. I change the way I slant my paper. I happened to write in front of my classroom the other day and the kids were amazed and said how do you write like that. As a left hander one of my first memories of first grade was when we were learning to print our names, The teacher came racing down the aisle and ripped the paper out of my hands and slanted it the way it was "suppose to be" by slamming it on the desk.(1964 I think it was) I was so scared of the woman but in private I always slanted my paper the way I wanted to. I try to teach it to my lefties in my class.
Posted 21 Oct 2012In my area, the arts were the first cutbacks--followed quickly by music. Seems like the only classes of any import are science and math. The "powers that be" can't or won't realize that if students are to be innovators in the math and science fields, they must also be exposed to and take part in the arts otherwise they will be unable to think "outside the box".
About five years ago, a small group of investors/parents who were alarmed by the lack of creativity offered in the public schools started a private school that would emphasize the arts. Sadly, after two years they were tottering on the brink of bankruptcy. They had the interest, a good bit of the money, but no expertise in setting up and running a school. In stepped another group of people--retired educators, more concerned parents, investors with a vision, some good curriculum and money managers. They recruited some local artists, musicians, and academics, all interested and dedicated to the idea of making it work. It started out as a grades 9 through 12 arts high school, and now enroll students from K-12. The idea must have stirred a lot more interest than first thought, because now it is one of three schools offering college prep courses in academics and the arts.
The public schools are foundering because the basis of their teaching is so tied to tests. They teach classes that will show well on the standardized tests. Federal snd state funds are closely tuned to these tests, and none of the tests are tied to the arts. Pity.
Pro's and con's of having the tests tied to the arts. In my state not only are they testing the students in math and science the DOE has now developed a new teacher evaluation system and the test scores are one piece of the data for teacher evaluations. I'm kinda glad art is left out because I don't know what kind of test they would come up with and it would most certainly stifle the creativity my students now enjoy.
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