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2nd grade coil pots

♠ Posted by ArtMuse in at 2:04 PM

 A favorite among all elementary students, the clay coil is a classic way to teach some basic tenants of ceramics.  In the project the students have the freedom to create coils of any size and thickness as well as construct their pot any height and width they'd like (well, maybe not ANY height they want, once it starts to lean I usually cut them off!).  As far as colors go, I didn't order enough glaze for all the projects this year so I ended up just putting out whatever colors I had, in this case it was purple, red, yellow, green, and blue.  The project itself took about 3-4 days in total including glazing.  For the supplies I used Amaco Low Fire White Art Clay and Mayco Stroke & Coat glazes. The clay has a nice texture, it's soft and smooth with almost no grog and doesn't stain because of its light beige color. It fires to an almost pure white, and if you make sure you leave amply drying time to get it to the greenware stage you have very little breakage when firing.  The Stroke & Coat is great because the colors are bright, shiny, and you really only need 2-coats of paint to cover the clay really well.  Here are some finished results: