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Re: [teacherartexchange] ceramics - ages and emotions about breakage


Date: Sun Apr 24 2005 - 09:41:24 PDT

In a message dated 4/23/05 7:09:24 PM, writes:

> 1.  Clay is good at every age without exception.

As usual, Marvin has said it all, and better than anybody. I lost my clay
program 10 years ago due to air quality regulations and my location in a
windowless basement room. (I grieve still...) Clay was almost my favorite--and in my
choice classroom students could work in clay week after week if they chose.
After about three weeks there would be a core group of about four students
per class who were obsessed, while others went on to other interests. Those
deeply attracted to clay progressed far above their grade expectations, because
they were able to practice (essential) and take risks (desirable) One
student made a series of a dozen angel figures, each sitting on a throne and each
holding an infant--these were about 7" high and became more and more complex
over the year. Another wanted to make a peacock with fan spread; I cautioned
her, but encouraged her to try. It fired beautifully and she still has it.
Both of these students were seven years old.
Kathy Douglas

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