Thursday, 19 March 2015

Play with Clay

Playing with clay is children’s all time favourite and Clay play has therapeutic quality in settle child's anxiety. It is a well known play for sensory development and fine motor skill .we used to play with the unprocessed clay taken from our farm land.  This time I wanted to have a smooth clay without dirt and sand and I followed this water extraction method.
1.       Take a transparent container and mix the soil with water thoroughly without any lumps. Shake the container and keep it undisturbed for at least an hour.

2.  Now you can see three layers in the container –Clear Water on the top, light clay in the middle and heavy sediments in the bottom.

   3.       Carefully Filter the water and the clay using a big coffee filter.  Repeat the process 3 or 4 times and finally filter the clay water using a cloth.

4. Hang the clay bag undisturbed for a day and when the water content is completely drained your clay is ready to be used.

5.       Look at the dark color of the clay. This clay is not only used for pottery but can be used as the excellent face mask, body mask and hair mask.

We used hand building technique to make these bowls. See the steps given in lakeside pottery.