One of the hardest things for my students to understand is the unique properties of clay. I use this presentation to introduce them to clay so we can feel clay and see the drying stages that it goes through before trying to make a project with an un-familiar material. This has helped tremendously! But more importantly, it gets the students even more excited to get their hands on some clay!
How was clay discovered?
What is clay?
Chemical equation of clay
3 properties of clay
How to dig & process your own clay
How to cut clay
Why we roll it into a ball
5 stages of clay (activity for kids)
How to slip & score
3 types of hand building
Tools (with prices)
What is a kiln?
2 types of firings
5 ways to measure heat in the kiln
Worksheets to go along with slides
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