We started working with clay yesterday... my area of least expertise, so I was nervous. The students loved it! I know enough to give them the basic techniques and most of them have learned a little from other years, but the real fun started when I had two girls staying after and I dragged out a couple of the potter's wheels that have never been used. There are only 6 of them and past teachers didn't want to bother with them. I got two lumps of clay centered (the hard part) and let them go at it with a bucket of water. They were in absolute heaven! I only have one small kiln and 125 students, so I can't actually have them each make a thrown pot and fire it (I'd have to live at the school and fire the kiln non-stop). Oh yeah - and I've never fired a kiln by myself before. The old art teacher came in and showed me how and the instructions are right on the front, but until I've had a successful firing, I'm going to be nervous about blowing up all their work. Worst case scenario... we switch to plaster embedded gauze strips next week.
I youtubed the potting scene from Ghost to see if it would be appropriate to show the class... um - NO!