Friday, April 12, 2013

Prepping Clay - Oh Yeah!

This morning I was looking forward to the clay projects but ...yes.....really...I planned them back to back! How?!? What happened? Oh...well it happened. Okay, I wanted to prep for both I started cutting and cutting but I needed to separate them for ease of passing them out ...here's what I came up with



10 comments:

Art Project Girl said...

lovely I should do this! I usually cut with the kids right in the room! They pass it out pretty quickly. But still this would be better if i had the time.

Beth said...

What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Does the cardboard plate pull out too much moisture from the clay?

Mrs. Jahnig said...

It's usually cut during planning time and then passed out about 2 hours later....some stuck together but not many

Staci Day said...

I usually cut it and put it in individual plastic bags for each student. Then when they are working on a piece and haven't finished they already have the bag to cover their clay at the end of the class. Saves time and if you are feeling really frisky you can toss the clay to the kids!

tbmorgan said...

I use wax paper to separate slabs.

Anonymous said...

I pre-cut slabs with a strip of plastic garbage bag accordian-folded between them. Works well when you have little time during and/or between classes.

Peter Mann said...

I love prepping like this EXCEPT the clay I haven't been wedging before I cut it. It works great until the slab projects start to dry out. I keep them in these collage trays made out of egg carton type paper, which slows the drying down a bit, but cracking/checking still happens. The 3rd-grade projects are decoratively carved and glazed frames while the 4th graders make a bas-relief with decorative frames.
My question to you is: Did you wedge your slabs? Did you use a slab concept project? If so, did they crack like mine?


Anonymous said...

I got pieces that cracked while drying too when I used a similar method of stacking the clay between styrofoam plates. The class that cracked the worst was the ones I had stacked really high. The ones that were in several smaller stacks did not crack in the center. I believe it was a combination of the clay not being wedged and the pressure from the pieces at the bottom of the stack.

Julia Speer said...

The cracking you guys described sounds like it comes from stacking while drying. It's not a good idea to stack clay while drying because it cannot dry evenly. If clay cannot dry evenly, it is prone to cracking. When stacked, the centers of the slabs dry slower than the edges.