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Nontraditional Firing Methods

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Introduction

Introduction 0:25

Nontraditional Firing Basics

Types of Nontraditional Firings 2:22

Classroom Benefits 1:16

Gathering Materials 3:39

Safety Considerations 2:27

Preparing to Fire

Creating With Clay 2:55

Burnishing 3:52

Terra Sig 8:28

Barrel Firing

Setting Up 2:34

Modifying the Barrel 1:42

Firing the Barrel 2:04

Pit Firing

Setting Up 3:25

Packing the Pit 2:48

Firing the Pit 1:42

Post Firing Steps

Washing/Cleaning 7:08

Wax 1:43

Site Care 1:07

Conclusion

Conclusion 0:30

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Nontraditional Firing Methods

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Select best practices when teaching non-traditional firing methods to students.

  • 2 Plan opportunities for students to experiment with a variety of ceramic surface treatments when pit or barrel firing.

  • 3 Evaluate potential firing scenarios, choosing options with the safest use of equipment, materials, and supplies.

Are you getting tired of the same old bisque and glaze firings? Are you looking for advanced ceramics methods to engage and inspire your students? Join high school art teacher Jessica Beshel as she demystifies the non-traditional firing process. In this PRO Pack, Jessica will offer in-depth but accessible explanations on how to fire ceramics pieces in a pit or a barrel successfully. Learn practical tips and tricks for starting a non-traditional firing unit with your classes right away.

Note: Laws concerning hazardous materials in the classroom may vary from state to state. It is vital to stay up-to-date regarding the laws most applicable to you. Keep in mind that safety rules and regulations may be updated on a regular basis. Bookmark your state requirements, as well as national expectations, and reference them often.

For some guidance, take a look at the following guidelines for art material safety. We have linked the Art Materials Business Guidance from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission as well as a document outlining California’s safety regulations, as it includes some of the most comprehensive information available.


Connected K-12 Art Educator Framework Competencies

STUDIO PRACTICES
7. Media and Techniques
A. Selects best practices when teaching media and techniques to students
C. Designs opportunities for students to experiment with materials and skills

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
12. Physical Space
B. Promotes the safe use of equipment, materials, and supplies
C. Maintains the organization of supplies and student work

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

High School Art Teacher and PRO Facilitator

Jessica Johnson is a seasoned art teacher with experience teaching at all levels, K-12. Currently, she teaches high school art in Wrightstown, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Jessica enjoys creating ceramic pieces and competing on her roller derby team when she is not in the classroom.

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Resources

https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/08/85.1_PitFiringBarrelFiringAndRakuComparison.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/08/85.1_5ReasonsToTryNontraditionalFiringWithYourClass.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/08/85.1_PitFIringMaterialsList.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/08/85.1_BarrelFiringMaterialsList.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/08/85.1_EssentialSafetyTipsForBarrelAndPitFirings.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/08/85.1_6ProjectIdeasForNontraditionalFirings.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/10/85.1_HowToMakeHomemadeTerraSigillata.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/08/85.1_FiringForColorsAndTextures.pdf
https://uploads.theartofeducation.edu/2021/08/85.1_NonTraditionalFiringMethods10.pdf

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