Yes, we use air dried, non-toxic, paintable clay that dries to a reasonably hard surface. The pieces, however, are not utilitarian/functional. However, it allows the student a taste of working in real clay without the time, process, and expense of firing and glazing. Most elementary schools work this way. Air dried clay costs a little more but saves in glazing a firing a teacher’s labor.
If we don’t have a kiln can we do hands on program?