Posted by: waikatogifted | July 5, 2009

Clay Day

The WAGC clay workshop was an exciting event, with something for everybody. Children, and some parents, worked with adobe clay making everything from dragons to snowmen. Some of us were less keen to get our fingers messy, but were fascinated with the adobe house and oven, the rammed earth floor, and the many other interesting and beautiful things our hosts had made from the local clay.

Adobe clay tile nearing completion.

An adobe clay tile nearing completion.

We used an adobe mix that contained clay, sand and paper. This can be quite dry and crumbly, but draws in extra water easily, and is fairly strong when dried without firing. There are various “paper adobe” and “hybrid adobe” recipes on the internet that people may like to try out at home if they missed the event.

The sticky fingers of success!

The sticky fingers of success!

Like many successful WAGC events, this was organised and hosted by one of our member families. If your family has an interest you could share with other gifted children in the Waikato, we would love to hear from you.


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