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  1. Solutions For Flaky Kiln Wash

    Thanks for clarifying. Does it flake less if you bake the newly washed kiln shelves empty or is it fine to put a bisque load on them? I assume a glaze load would be a bad idea on newly washed shelves that haven't been baked.
  2. Solutions For Flaky Kiln Wash

    When you say apply two coats do you fire between each coat, let the first dry before applying the second, or just put on the two coats right away?
  3. John Post website down?

    johnpost.US is back up and running!
  4. Teaching Creativity?

    I checked out the preview- sounds fascinating. Thanks! Morah
  5. Project Ideas For Kids

    Thanks Old Lady. That is a fun technique. I've done it with kids- you just have to be sure that they are old enough to know how to blow out instead of inhaling as they normally would with a straw. A mouth full of glaze and dish soap is not ideal!
  6. Project Ideas For Kids

    It sounds like you are on the right track. One thing you need to explain to kids is that ceramic clay is different then Playdough and has different rules. John Post has great ways of explaining it to kids as well as great project ideas. Unfortunately,his website seems to have disappeared. I emailed him to find out where it went but haven't heard back yet. Another really helpful website is www.artforsmallhands.com- you can search by age or search "clay". Also check the education section here. There have been many discussions about projects for kids there. You may have to look in the archives. By the way, Old Lady, can you please explain your reply- where can I find the posts you are referring to? Morah
  7. Teaching Creativity?

    Actually, creativity is a hot topic in educational circles. If you can access an educational journal called "Educational Leadership" volume 70 issue 5 February 2013, you can read a host of articles about creativity, how to define it, and how US schools are doing in terms of nurturing it. I accessed it through my college's online library. Happy reading!
  8. Teaching Creativity?

    As a teacher of elementary age children for more than 20 years, I can unequivocally state that I have never met a young child who couldn't express creativity in some fashion given the proper environment and tools. Some children express themselves through various art mediums, some through music, or dance, or creative writing or story telling. Others are creative thinkers, players, or problem solvers. If the children are given the proper tools, taught the basic skills required, and given a lot of time and space and encouragement, they will exhibit wonderful creativity. On the other hand, if they are told in a very rigid fashion what they need to do and/ or shown one specific sample of what the end product must look like, or if they feel that they will be judged (graded) in a narrow fashion, or if they are rushed, many children will simply shut down that part of their brain and try to comply to adult expectations. Other then the few children who are so extreme that their creativity can't be quashed, many of these children will turn into the adults we all know who claim that they can't be creative.And that is a real shame.
  9. John Post website down?

    I am having the same problem- I refer to his site all the time for inspiration for teaching kids ceramics. I hope he will be back online soon.
  10. Slabs for Kids

    4 projects in 5 days, Pres?!?!?! You must be some sort of miracle worker. How did you get them dry so quickly? I would love to hear what your other 3 projects were. Morah
  11. Slabs for Kids

    Great idea with a lot of possibilities. Just wondering- this is with wet clay, so if you are doing it with kids do you limit the slab/goblet size so the whole thing doesn't collapse on them- I can just see some kids making a really skinny stem and the whole thing being top heavy. Morah
  12. check this link http://digitalfire.com/4sight/education/being_realistic_about_toxicity_and_safety_in_ceramics_278.html
  13. Sorry everyone. I just realized that somehow this topic is posted twice in this forum (I must have accidentally pressed enter twice) If a moderator could please combine the two, I think everyone would benefit from reading both of them together. Thanks
  14. OK John, I'm reading you loud and clear. I will see if I can get a hold of the data sheets you are recommending, but in the meantime what do you recommend I use with the kids if they are making projects to be used with food?
  15. Thank you for taking the time to put up that answer again Gabi, I didn't see it the first time. I have 2 questions. First of all how high is high enough for something to be food safe? I am required to work with manufactured glazes that are specially formulated for children and they are usually rated for low fire work. My second question is if there is any difference between clear and colored glazes in terms of their protective abilities. My students usually paint on colored glazes (Amaco Teachers Pallete non toxic, food safe etc.) and then cover it with a painted on clear glaze (also child safe, non toxic, etc). If I were to put on white glaze first, would this seal it as well as the clear glaze at the end? Or would it be better for me to just do another coat of clear before firing?
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