I can't believe it but I think I'm just done with clay for good. Even using it with my older kiddos is exhausting, the clean up is extensive, and no matter what type of project we do the clay just falls apart. I spend more time hot gluing the projects back together than with the students. I have Marblex air dry clay and most of it came to me half dried out, and I had to re-constitute it into some kind of workable version of itself. I tried doing small sculptures really encouraging the students to scratch and score, but decided that small sculptures just break apart, we tried suns where they were mostly flat and added some pieces on, those just broke apart too. I did my last ditch effort with my fifth graders with coil pots and almost pulled all my hair out. The clay all broke apart once again. I don't know if any of you guys have had success with air dry clay but I just think I'm done with it. The only project I can really imagine have success with would be a pinch pot of some kind, because every time we try doing a project where we add pieces on the entire thing breaks. I feel bad, especially since my focus in Art Ed was ceramics, but I don't know if the students are taking away positive experiences with the clay anyways. Does anyone else have as hard of a time with clay as I do?