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Mrs. Alder from Columbus OH is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Pivotal Pottery and Poetry

My students need Electric Kiln Furniture (shelves and supports) so that we can use the kiln to give the students a 3-d clay experience.

  • $557 goal

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My Students

My students come from all over the city of Columbus, the largest urban, public school district in Ohio, to participate in a full-time gifted program. Because of this, they are a very diverse group of amazing children. They yearn for challenge, choices in the learning process, and the opportunity to work at their own individual paces. Because my students are problem-solvers by nature, critical thinking skills and problem-solving are a big part of our learning environment.

They will be able to expand their art experience into 3-D art when they can hand-build with clay and have it fired in the kiln.

My Project

Kiln furniture will complete the kilns that are part of our school art program. Without these shelves and supports, our kilns can not run and my students will not get to have the full experience with ceramic arts that they deserve.

With this furniture - shelves and supports that hold pottery pieces - in the kilns, I will be able to fire clay projects created by our students.

This kiln furniture will allow me to implement a ceramics unit tied to “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave,” a Caldecott Honor winner illustrated by Bryan Collier, who recently made an inspiring visit to our school. It is through reading this book that we will explore the method of taking and processing clay from the earth to fired pot complete with poetry. Through poetry, we will be able to explore and honor the pivotal importance pottery has held across cultures over hundreds of years. Student composed poetry inspired by the process or culture will be inscribe into the clay.

Mrs. Alder
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FURNITURE KIT 1027 • School Specialty $363.97 1 $363.97
6'' SQUARE SHELF POSTS PACK 12 • School Specialty $33.15 1 $33.15

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