Ceramics for Kids: Creative Clay Projects to Pinch, Roll, Coil, Slam & Twist (Lark Kids' Crafts)

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9781579905552: Ceramics for Kids: Creative Clay Projects to Pinch, Roll, Coil, Slam & Twist (Lark Kids' Crafts)

Ellis offers a clear introduction to techniques children can use to create a variety of projects. There’s lots of fun to be had here, and it’s refreshing to see attractive finished products that look like youngsters have actually made them.”—Booklist.

“Appealing...Ellis provides clear directions, uses simple procedures, suggests inexpensive tools, and usually offers several photo examples of completed projects....Imaginative pieces.”—School Library Journal.

Give a child a ball of clay, and hours of creative fun are sure to follow. From coiled goblets and elegant vases (with impressions of real leaves) to slab-rolled lanterns with cutout shapes, kids can make so many fantastic things. Every one of the 26 projects, shown in color how-to photographs and whimsical illustrations, is visually captivating. Help youngsters set up their own “artist’s studio” and experience the pleasure of creating fabulous ceramics from scratch. You won’t even need a kiln, because there’s advice on finding places to fire the clay—plus all the basics on tools and materials. Hand-building techniques include pinching, coiling, slab-making, and press molding; children will even learn how to shape clay around an inflated balloon. “Clay Clues” answer common trouble-shooting questions, and a gallery of ceramics by real kids offers inspiration. From the beginning stages of creation to the final firing, these projects rock.

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Grade 3-6-A collection of appealing hand-built, low-fired clay projects, organized by technique and increasing levels of complexity. Ellis provides clear directions, uses simple procedures, suggests inexpensive tools and safety guidelines, and usually offers several photo examples of completed projects. Basic advice on glazing is provided, along with a simple introduction to firing, but children will need to find community centers and schools where the process can be completed. More expensive self-hardening clays are suggested for small projects when a kiln is not available. Samples are pictured in such a way that it is unlikely that children will be inclined to copy them. The imaginative pieces include face jugs, teapots, wind chimes, lanterns, birdhouses, whistles, and birdbaths. Many sections offer historical notes on the art on which projects are based, such as haniwa figures, Peruvian stirrup cups, totem poles, and Egyptian canopic jars. Except for a few cartoon renditions, the illustrations are attractive and the book design is pleasing. A Web site will help readers locate ceramic supply sources. This is a more down-to-earth and basic guide than Elaine Arima's The Kids 'n' Clay Ceramics Book (Tricycle, 2000).
Marilyn Iarusso, New York Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-6. Ellis offers a clear introduction to techniques children can use to create a variety of projects. The projects need not be done sequentially, but each project does build on skills developed previously, which range from pinching a simple pot to smoothing slabs over balloons. Complicated projects combine several techniques. The projects range widely, from a totem pole to a teapot to a canopic jar, and sidebars offer interesting historical and cultural asides. One section is devoted to glazing and firing; appropriate warnings and recommendations for adult supervision are included. Numbered photographs featuring children at work are sometimes too small and not always well placed; nor are they uniformly clear representations of the instructions. Such problems aside, however, there's still lots of fun to be had here, and it's refreshing to see attractive finished products that look like youngsters have actually made them. An appended "Gallery" of children's work provides crafters with other ideas. Glossary. Catherine Andronik
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