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Making Glazing Work for A Large Group

I’m just going to say it… glazing can be a pain in the butt. I can’t believe I’m putting the word “butt” in an article, but that’s truly how I feel, or should I say that’s how I felt. Before I met Sue, glazing was one big hassle. You know the drill: set out the glazes, answer 500 questions about how the glazes will look when they’re fired, pour the glazes from the jars into small cups, then pour the leftovers from the small cups into the jars. Keep your hawk eyes on students that could contaminate your glaze and leave you $20 in the hole. What sounds fun about that? Why do we even bother? Well, for me, it’s the fact that at the end of the mess and the headache students get to take home a beautiful object that will last forever.

During my student teaching, my cooperating teacher Sue introduced me to a glazing set-up that made so.much.sense. I’ve never looked back and I’d love to share it with you today.

How do you set up glazing for a classroom of students?

How does it look different at the middle school and high school levels?

We’d love to hear in the comments section!


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9 years ago

Amanda Heyn is the Director of K-12 Professional Development at The Art of Education. She enjoys helping to create relevant, engaging PD just for art teachers.