Right now clay has been the buzz word all day long. The morning classes have started their clay projects and have been thoroughly enjoying it. They are working with an air dry clay that feels just like real clay that would get fired in a kiln. This clay is great for the experience of working with clay and learning various techniques. However, this type of clay is not always the most permanent with it's strength and durability. There is always some disappointment with parts breaking off. They all were well informed on the risk in some of their designs that were perhaps a little long or thin. I always stress the importance of using proper methods of scratching, scoring, slipping and smoothing the parts together. Most students work is seen to completion. There are always some that we have to accept as part of the learning experience when there is a break that glue just wont hold. We try and look at the positive things that we learned and can do. Students who will be in art again in the future will have another shot at a great success with clay.