The fourth graders have finished creating their clay spoons, so we took a little time during class today to reflect on the process:
1. Explain what a symbol is in your own words.
S: Something that represents someone or something.
L: Something that represents your favorite hobby.
2. What symbols did you include on your spoon?
F: A basketball, a football, and a monkey
Sh: A neuron, a fish, a bowl of rice, and a book
B: A snowman, a smiling face (to represent that I like comedy), an ambered colored book (to represent my favorite history book)
T (4S): Lollipop, paintball pellet, ipad
B (4S): I included a lego brick, a marker, scientific beaker, a piece of quantum foam
G(4S): I have a cupcake, an Iviva shopping bag, a music note, and a soccer ball.
H (4S): Belgian flag, a tiger, a basketball, a soccer ball, and skis.
A (4S): A music note, a Hersey’s Kiss, a turtle, and theatre masks.
D (4Ge): A paintbrush and an art palette, an ice skate, a tiger, and an ice cream cone.
T (4Ge): A watercolor case and brush, a cupcake, and a math equation.
A (4Ge): A soccer ball, a dog’s paw print, and a sun.
3. What is one thing you learned about the clay process?
N: There are lots of steps. One of them is shaping the clay.
K: I learned that when you want to make a bowl or something round, you can make a pinch pot first.
M: You have to be patient and let the clay dry before you glaze it.
D (4S): Clay is messy.
S (4S): When you don’t want your clay to dry, put it in a plastic bag.
G (4S): You need to smooth the clay, so that when you paint it it looks nice.
4. What is one thing you learned about glazing?
Na: If you want the glaze to be dark (without white spots), use three layers of glaze.
E: Most of the time the colors look different after they come out of the kiln (because the glaze melts).
T (4S): The chemicals get heated by the kiln and change.
A (4Ge): You don’t put glaze on the bottom of the spoon. Because otherwise it will stick when you put it in the kiln.
5. Imagine your friend wants to make a clay spoon. What tips/advice would you give him/her?
J: Don’t be surprise if your glaze looks different because after it goes in the kiln it might change colors.
V: Paint three layers (or more) of glaze so the colors show up better.
A: Look at the samples to match the glaze colors you want.
G (4S): Smooth your clay so you don’t see any cracks.
D (4S): Don’t glaze the bottom of your spoon, otherwise it will get stuck to the kiln.