Play with Clay

Arts of Clay

By Christine Price

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See how other cultures use make beautiful designs in clay for everyday living.

Suggested for ages 8 - 12

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Children of Clay: A Family of Pueblo Potters

By Rita Swentzell

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Members of a Tewa Indian family living in Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico follow the age-old tradition of their people as they create various objects of clay.

Suggested for ages 8 - 12

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Clay

By Jeannie Hull

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Gives instructions, in step-by-step photographs, for preparing clay and making thumb and coil pots and decorated tiles and how to use glaze.

Suggested for ages 8 - 12

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Make Sculptures!

By Kim Solga

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Photos and step-by-step instructions for eleven sculpture projects for children aged six to eleven to make using clay, papier-mache, and household materials.

Suggested for ages 6 - 11

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Modeling

By Susan O'Reilly

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Provides step-by-step instructions for modeling in clay, including such projects as slab pots, a portrait, and a wall plaque.

Suggested for ages 8 - 12

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Mudworks: Creative Clay, Dough, and Modeling Experiences

By Mary Ann F. Kohl

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Ways to play with peanut butter, papier mache, plaster, and clay for preschoolers on up.

Suggested for ages 4 - 10
 

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Playing with Plasticine

By Barbara Reid

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Instructions for turning the modeling material known as Plasticine (or a similar modeling clay) into flat pictures and three-dimensional objects.

Suggested for ages 7 - 12

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The Kids 'N' Clay Ceramics Book: Handbuilding and Wheel-throwing Projects from the Kids 'N' Clay Pottery Studio

By Kevin Nierman and Elaine Arima

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Teaches basic ceramic techniques and provides step-by-step instructions for a variety of projects including handbuilt items, sculptures, and creations using a potter's wheel.

Suggested for ages 8 - 16

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The Potters

By Leonard Everett Fisher

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Traces the early history of pottery in Colonial America with descriptions of the clay used, techniques of making and decorating pots, and a listing of some of the famous potters of the time.
Part of the Colonial Craftsmen series.

Suggested for ages 8 - 12

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The Pottery Place

By Gail Gibbons

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Follow a potter and her curious cat through a day with clay. Includes some history of this craft A delightful read-aloud picture book or beginning reader for young artists and business people.
Includes simple instructions for making three kinds of pots.

Suggested for ages 5 - 10

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