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Transcript of Clay Basics
The Stages of Clay
Slip, watered down clay in a muddy form.
workable and mold-able stage,
recyclable, can join to other pieces
stiff, holds its shape, can join to other pieces, can carve into, recyclable
VERY FRAGILE, can be carved into CAREFULLY, CANNOT join to other pieces, recyclable
fired in the kiln once, NOT recyclable.
Lets get started using clay!
Oops, a few things to remember first.
Clay must not
In other words, you MUST NOT throw it in the air!!
Use the tools as they
are meant to
THIS is a no-no.
Clay will stay moist if
you keep it in a plastic bag when not using it.
Dont blow dust
around the room, do not shake you canvas
Be careful not to raise
any extra clay dust.
Clay should not be much thicker that my thumb. It should not have any air cavities in it without a way for the air to escape. (a hole)
If it is, it may burst apart when fired in the kiln. The air finding its own way out!
You now know some basics about
There will be specific directions for each assignment and
more information to learn about clay.
But . . . this will give you a good start.
Some Basic Clay Tools
watch the next video and write down these tools and what they can be used for.
wedge- to work the clay with the palm of the hand to make it uniform and without air pockets.