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Clay Mask Day Two

Overview of clay and it's properties and techniques geared for a middle/high school art class.
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Melanie Burnell Rapp

on 22 October 2018

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Transcript of Clay Mask Day Two

Clay Basics
What is it?
A stiff, sticky fine-grained earth. It can be molded when wet, and is dried and baked to make bricks, pottery, and ceramics.
Properties:
Squishy when wet
Brittle but hard when dried
Strong and sturdy after
fired at a high temperature
3 S's
plastic
leatherhard
Bone dry
Greenware
Bisque
ware
Glaze
ware
Methods of Design:
- Additive Method
- Subtractive Method
CREATING YOUR MASK

Great for: Building three dimensional
aspects on top of your mask
Watch out for:
- Three S's - SCORE, SLIP, and SMOOTH.
- Too much thickness. Clay needs to dry out before being put in the kiln.
If areas on the clay are too thick (thicker than your thumb), try to hollow out areas.
Great if:
- You want to build something that sticks off of the mask.
- Don't have to worry about making the mask too thin.
Subtractive Method

Great if:
- You want lots of texture.
- You want to shape your mask.
Watch out for:
- Overlapping clay.
We don't want air bubbles.
- Carving too thin.
If the clay is too thin it will dry at a different rate as the rest, and may crack .
Additive Method
Using tools to 'carve away'
Subtractive? Additive? Both?
REMEMBER...
* You want your mask to look 3-D! Not flat.
* Three cultural influences.
* No thicker than thumb.
* No bubbles or air pockets
* Craftsmanship! Best Effort!
* Attach pieces carefully with score and slip. * Smooth. Add texture.
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