Clay Times Back Issues Vol. 21 Issue 99 - Winter/Spring 2015 - Page 46

The Slurry Bucket Reduce, Reuse, Recycle There’s no need to add to our landfills or empty your pockets when so many things around us can be re-purposed for use in the clay studio: • Old buttons, discarded toothpaste caps, the soles of your tennis shoes, or almost anything with an unusual shape or pattern can be used as stamps for making great impressions in your clay work. • Ask your dentist if he/she has any old stainless steel tools to spare. What’s too worn out for professional use in the dental office can still be repurposed by the clay artist for cutting, punching, and carving very fine details into clay — especially porcelain. • Is the water in your slurry bucket getting too thick for throwing? Pick up a kitchen blender from the local thrift store and reserve it for studio use. Then you can turn that yucky glob of slurry into smooth-flowing slip for brush decorating or attaching handles, knobs, or other appendages. • Recycle overworked clay by letting it dry a bit on a plaster bat or slab, then wedging it back into desired throwing consistency. • Discarded paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls can serve as useful forms for slab building. • Got too many shards of fired clay rejects piling up in your backyard? Consider using them to build an unusual outdoor sculpture ... or make mosaic step stones with the smaller bits and pieces. • If you’re like most of us, you now carry a mobile phone with you practically 24/7 — meaning you have a camera at hand nearly every moment of the day. Make use of that camera to capture any image that inspires your clay work: the texture of tree bark, perhaps, or the form of a vase in a shop window. 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