Creating with Clay: Tools, Techniques, & Tips for Success with Ceramics

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Whether you’re new to teaching ceramics or you’ve been using clay with your students for a while, you’re sure to find plenty of tips in this pdf to help your students experience success and to help YOU enjoy teaching with clay!

PLEASE NOTE: Ceramic PROJECTS ARE NOT INCLUDED in this pdf. This product is all about the basics of getting you set up for a successful teaching experience with ceramics! (Follow me on TPT for all my clay projects which are coming soon!)

Kids of all ages LOVE working with clay! But if you don’t have a background in ceramics, it can be intimidating at first to teach it. If you’re new to teaching ceramics, this pdf will jumpstart your ceramics knowledge and get you teaching like a pro in no time! Even if you already have experience with clay, there’s always more to learn and you’re sure to pick up some new tips and ideas that you can put into practice right away.

I was an Art major in college with an emphasis in Ceramics, and I hold a K-12 teaching credential in Art. I've taught ceramics in grades K-8 as well as in adult education programs and to disabled adults at our community college. In creating this pdf, I've compiled all that I’ve learned about ceramics over the years that a classroom teacher might find helpful and put it in one convenient place. 

If you’re like me, every tip that saves you time, money, or sanity is worth its weight in gold! If you're teaching ceramics at any grade level you'll find helpful information here that will make your job easier and more enjoyable. 

My hope is that the tips and techniques I share in this pdf will help you get to the next level in your teaching and equip you to teach ceramics with confidence, enjoying the creativity and success that flows from your students as a result!

This 24 page PDF digital file Includes: 

- How to be proactive in order to make your ceramics program run smoothly (3 pages)

- The ceramics vocabulary you need to know

- Important things to know about different kinds of clays and firing them

- Options for teaching ceramics without a kiln

- All about glazes and glazing (3 pages)

- Clay tools and supplies that you’ll want in your classroom, and how you can easily make many of them yourself if your budget is limited (6 pages)

- Ideas for organizing your tools and supplies

- Tips for organizing student work

- The basic techniques for hand-building, including:

- How to make a pinch pot, step by step with text and photos

- How to make a slab, step by step with text and photos

- How to make coils, step by step with text and photos

- How to make slip, step by step with text and photos

- Helpful suggestions for cleaning up after working with clay

- Plus lots and LOTS of tips for success with teaching ceramics!

PLEASE NOTE: Ceramic PROJECTS are NOT included in this pdf. This product is all about the basics of getting you set up for a successful teaching experience with ceramics! (Follow me on TPT for all my clay projects which are coming soon!)


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FANTASTIC product! I am planning on using clay with my K-1 students soon. I'm so glad I saw this, because there is SO MUCH I didn't know about using clay! Thank you for this! I hope you create some clay projects soon, as this is a GREAT starting point! Thank you again! :) - Sarah S.


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Cheryl Trowbridge is the founder of Teach Kids Art, a website for anyone who wants to share the JOY of ART with the kids in their life! Visit for more K-8 Art lesson plans, tips, and inspiration. And while you’re there, sign up for my email list to receive my “Tip of the Month” plus my FREE download: “5 Fun Art Activities Kids Can do with a Pencil & Paper”. 

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