We've been talking about the amphora, the clay jug, in the Chanukah story, in which the the pure olive oil used to light the Menorah in the Beit Hamikdash, was stored. Imagine our delight when Henia and Pearl brought in two small jugs to show their classmates. Perfect provocations for clay play.
We often begin clay play by kneading the clay to make it just right for working with. We don't want it too hard to manipulate or so soft that it cannot hold its shape. Then we usually make balls. Using our thumbs we begin to shape the clay. Holding the clay with one hand and squeezing and pulling, we continue to work the clay. If we are not satisfied, we can always start over by kneading int back into a ball.
Pinching, pushing and pulling, we shape the clay..... It is beginning to look like a jug?
Make a cover and handles....
Set out to dry.......
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