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Ms. McCauley trims a ring close to the bottom of the mug for stability.

Ms. McCauley makes and sells mugs for Element

January 5, 2022

Using a ceramics wheel and a kelm, Ms.McCauley, fundraising for the creative arts publication Element, designed mugs to be sold from Dec. 3-17 to fundraise for National Art Honor Society and to lower the...

These are examples of the final products. Ms. McCauley made a total of 20 mugs and sold them all.

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These are examples of the final products. Ms. McCauley made a total of 20 mugs and sold them all.

After being heated in the kelm and having handles added, the mugs are then glazed.

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After being heated in the kelm and having handles added, the mugs are then glazed.

Cups are glazed and and are once again placed into the kelm.

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Cups are glazed and and are once again placed into the kelm.

Untrimmed pieces (right) have more of a chance of being unstable and are more easily damaged on the bottom.

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Untrimmed pieces (right) have more of a chance of being unstable and are more easily damaged on the bottom.

Next, Ms. McCauly carves a ring into the base of the mug to protect it from surface damage.

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Next, Ms. McCauly carves a ring into the base of the mug to protect it from surface damage.

Before placing the clay into the kelm for glazing, Ms.Mcauley removes the excess from the bottom of the mug.

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Before placing the clay into the kelm for glazing, Ms.Mcauley removes the excess from the bottom of the mug.

Ms. McCauley now has the mug at it proper height. She can now move on to the next step.

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Ms. McCauley now has the mug at it proper height. She can now move on to the next step.

At the halfway point of the process, Ms. McCauley has the walls formed.

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At the halfway point of the process, Ms. McCauley has the walls formed.

Next, the artist extends the clay her liking, continuing to build walls.

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Next, the artist extends the clay her liking, continuing to build walls.

In the second step, the artist must mold the clay into a bun shape. Next she pokes a hole into its center, spreads out the clay and then erects walls.

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In the second step, the artist must mold the clay into a bun shape. Next she pokes a hole into its center, spreads out the clay and then erects walls.

Ms. McCauley manipulates clay, making it more flexible by molding it on the wheel. This is the first step of creating a ceramics piece.

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Ms. McCauley manipulates clay, making it more flexible by molding it on the wheel. This is the first step of creating a ceramics piece.

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