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In my art room, I chose to start the majority of my clay projects in January. It was great to come back from winter break to something fresh and exciting. Plus, there’s no better way to warm up than loading and unloading a kiln!
You can keep your project objectives the same, but fit more items in the kiln. It’s a win-win situation. With two schools and hundreds of students, it’s how I survived.
Just don’t. I walked in to see my principal stomping out my fiery glove in high heels. That baby gets hot.
It will be worth it!
Firing on the weekend always made me nervous, and I’d find myself running to school time and time again to check on it. It ruined my weekend! Instead, start the kiln early in the morning, so it’s done before you leave for the day.
Bending over the kiln can snag your clothing and get it all dusty. (Ok- maybe it’s just a short person problem.) Side Note: Once when I was unloading the kiln, I looked down to see a little red “Angry Bird” that had snuck is way into the kiln (see below). It was a funny site among the clay food!
I found a great Rubbermaid cart with ledges, but the media center also might have an old media cart that would work well, too.
If you’re going to store clay projects on the cart, I suggest using tape to label which grade level and class you have on each shelf. Misplacing clay pieces stinks! If you keep a consistent labeling strategy, you’ll be less likely to lose something.
Only use glaze with some of your classes. Have other students color their pieces with other media, such as metallic paint or oil pastels. Reducing the amount of glaze you use not only saves money, it helps save time spent firing the kiln.
Many thicker low-fire glazes can be diluted up to 50% to make them go on smoothly and also stretch the budget. See how I organized mine below. For another distribution system, see here.
It’s one of those things that tends to get lost easily. You won’t want to be without one!
Clay can be stressful and tricky to manage. Hopefully these tips will help you remember the little things that can make a big difference. For more clay tips and tricks, check out some of our past articles.
What are some tips you would add to the list?
How do you keep clay manageable in your room?
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