A Great Idea to Help Teachers Keep Clay Out of the Drain!

An Smart Alternative to a Clay Sink Trap

keep clay out of the drain

Keeping clay out of your drains is a must for any ceramic artist. This can be a particular challenge for teachers of the younger grades. If you have a clay sink trap, that can help prevent problems, but if not, you’ll need another solution.

Well, we have a great one for you today! In this clip, excerpted from her video Teaching Clay in the Classroom, Part 1, ceramic artist and educator Jeni Hansen Gard shares her system for making sure clay stays out of the drain.  – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.

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This clip was excerpted from Teaching Clay in the Classroom, Part 1, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Shop.

To learn more about Jeni Hansen Gard and see more images of her work, visit her website http://jenigard.weebly.com/.

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**First published in 2018.
  • I put mesh strainers in the sink (catches bigger pieces) then clay trap, below catches small elements. Anything helps.
    But always begin with buckets to rinse in, at home.

  • Maurice Y.

    Has this potter ever been in charge of a class of 26, 15 year old pupils?!!!!!!!

  • Dianne L.

    ‘the hand sanitizer fanatic environment’ is creating a lot of allergic kids who do not build up antibodies to germs. We use this bucket method in our studio, but remember to let the buckets settle out, and then pour off the clear water. Don’t just dump the 3 buckets down the drain. We settle and decant the water several times going from having 3 buckets to 1 bucket of sludge. Once the sludge is thick we have sometimes even recycled the clay to use again! A good idea to use in the school or in a personal studio.

    • You’re absolutely right about how removing all exposure is creating additional allergies in our kids. This method is more about saving water and making water accessible to more kids at the same time than it is an efficient method of plumbing protection and clay reclamation. As for bleach, my one textile arts instructor (dyeing) insisted that by the time you can smell bleach it has already done damage to our skin, respiratory systems and the environment.

  • This would be an absolute no-go in the hand sanitizer fanatic environment in which I teach. Why not just buy incredibly cheap drop-in metal mesh sink strainers from Big Lots / the dollar store?

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