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  1. Hello! I am personally a potter who uses cone 6. I am also an elementary art teacher. My kiln is on the first floor and is very small and my room is on the second floor...no elevator. So, when I work on clay with my kiddos I have to go up and down a lot and have ruined pieces this way and also its just such a big job so I want to do single firing. I know the risks and I am quite experienced with clay so I know when I can put pieces in the kiln, I plan at least a 3 week dry period before anything goes into the kiln. My question is when should I have students apply the glaze? In a perfect world it would be at leather hard stage but form what I have read on other forums and groups that bone dry is ideal. that wont work with some of my grade levels as they just don't have the gentleness that is needed to handle bone dry clay. All my clay and glazes for my students are low fire white clay. Suggestions anyone?
  2. Ive been making centerpiece and platters for a while again now, but im wondering what you all think is the correct thickness for that type of ware?
  3. I recently was experimenting with different clay bodies and, ugh to my total dismay and idiocy i didnt write down for each piece what clay body i was using. I thought since the clays looked pretty different wet i would be able to tell them apart! what was i thinking. Never again, i will take very careful notes from now on...however is there any way i can quickly tell what is low fire, mid range white and porcelain? pretty sure ill be able to identify the porcelain but im really afraid now. I am tempted to just glaze them all with low fire glazes and learn from my mstakes. I would hate to lose these pieces because some have turned out amazing for me. argh any suggestions?
  4. i am making them individually by hand. Im trying to visualize what you are talking about but im having a hard time!
  5. Ok here is one of my pieces. Right now I'm working small but plan to go larger. Honestly I don't think this can be cast it's pretty 3 dimensional
  6. I have a few ceramic plants that take me a really long time to make individually and i would love to be able to cast them however, i am not sure how to decide whether i should use plaster or something softer like latex. Ive only ever used plaster but never on a form this intricate before. Its more like a high relief. I am thinking i would need to make a 3 part mould if i was using plaster but that is a bit scary since my individual leaves are delicate. Maybe i should bisque first? Help! TYIA Brittaini
  7. I have 2-3 ceramics classes every year in high school. Typically we do clay for 20-22 weeks of the school year then we do sculptures using many different materials. My biggest issue is glazes. I typically just buy class packs of pints because its the most convenient space wise and cost as well. I have done pouring in the past but that just won't work here; i don't have the space or the initial investment money available. I do plan to make a minimum grade requirement for glazing to happen next year and that will cut down on the amount of glaze that is wasted but I am going to be going out on maternity leave in october and need to have an efficient procedure in place before I leave. Currently they are all in a cupboard and students have access. Space is a huge issue but I have made due. I am curious how others have structured your glazing area if you teach ceramics classes. Any tips or ideas would be greatly welcomed. ALSO! What do you do with leftover unwanted work??? I have so much every year and I can only pawn it off on teachers so far!
  8. Hi all! I am a high school art teacher with a very productive ceramics class. I have been reclaiming and reclaiming and will need to store the reclaimed moist clay over the summer. Currently I am double bagging in the clay bags from ordered clay I had previously. I am wondering is this enough to keep all my hard work from drying out? The room I have is currently air conditioned and will be over the summer as well. I won't be able to check on it either as the school is pretty much closed to me for the most part. What ways do you store your moist clay long term, like about 2-2 1/2 mos?
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