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Bentley's Clay Book

By Breana Light & Allison Schofield

Bentley's Clay Book

Bentley wants to make Jerry a pot!

Bentley wedges his clay. He squishes it to make it look like a ram's head. He has to do this otherwise it may explode in the kiln.

After he wedges the clay, he rolls it all out flat.

Then Bentley cuts his slab out for the base of the pot. He uses the fettling knife to cut it out.

After the base is cut out, Bentley rolls his coils for the walls!

Bentley scores his base and coils and uses slip to connect them. To score, he uses the fork and to apply the slip, he uses the modeling modeler.

Bentley then knits the coil and the base together with the modeling modeler. The score, slip, knit method is very important because it helps hold your clay together!

Bentley smooths his pot so it doesnt have any boogers. This way when it goes through the kiln, it's smooth and neat!

Oh look! Now he added a heart! He used the additive detail, by using the score, slip, knit method. Then there's a bone! He used the negative detail. Negative detail is detail through the vessel walls, and additive is detail that has a different depth than the entire vessel.

The picture to the  left is an example of greenware. Below that is an example of bisqueware, which is greenware after it has gone through the kiln. The bottom right picture is an example of glazeware. It's shiny and colorful, depending on how Bentley glazes it!

Once the pot has gone through the kiln, Bentley must rinse and sand it. This washes off the dust from the kiln and smooths the bisqueware so it is fully prepared to be glazed!

Now, Bentley can glaze his pot however he wants! Remember, he must use cone-04 in the kiln at 1940 degrees F and cone-05 and cone-06 at 1915 degrees F!

Now, Bentley has to put his glazed pot in the kiln and patiently wait for it to be done and cool down!

Jerry likes the pot! Bentley did a good job!