We had "The Clay Lady" come and demonstrate some clay techniques which she has streamlined to be quick and user friendly. Fun projects, however, I would encourage my students to use the proper clay vocabulary. But I do understand the reasons behind what she does. Anyway, we made fish by bending a slab around a crumpled newspaper, leaving the "mouth open, and pinching out a tail. Extra clay was used to create details like fins and eyes. It was fun to see the wide variety of fish from a very basic set of directions.