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Clay Basics

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Amy Otteson

on 14 July 2016

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Transcript of Clay Basics

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
Leather hard
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
Bisque ware,
fired in the kiln once, NOT recyclable.
Lets get started using clay!
Oops, a few things to remember first.

Clay must not
be airborne.
In other words, you MUST NOT throw it in the air!!
Use the tools as they
are meant to
be used.
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
around either.
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!
What stage?

You now know some basics about
using clay.
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
loop tool
wooden knife

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.
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