Excitement fills the air when kindergarten to high school art students see that clay is brought out to work with at our small, rural school district. We have limited resources with more than 75% of our student population on free or reduced lunches and living in poverty conditions. We use what we can to create awesome artworks in an elementary art class and in a junior high/high school art class as well. Even with what we have, their enthusiasm is amazing!
In our small rural school district, we live an hour away from the nearest clay resource. It is difficult and can be very expensive to purchase new clay and supplies two times a year.
Since 250 students use clay several times a year, a lot of experimentation leads to wasted clay.
In both of our classrooms, we currently have fourteen, 5 gallon buckets full of clay that must be reclaimed or it will sit in the buckets indefinitely.
A wedging table offers an opportunity to learn how to recycle clay. Students will become more efficient with ceramic materials. Older students teach younger students how to correctly wedge the clay which can then be reused.
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