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Lesson Plans

Re: Pit firing

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Dennis Freeman (freemad)
Mon, 06 Dec 1999 16:53:23 -0700

Pit firing - This brings to mind the old saw, "It's easier to get
forgiveness than permission." This is something I do all the time at the HS
level. I have to admit that the first time I mentioned this to an
administrator, he looked at me like I wanted to burn the school down. Over
time, they have come to see that the kids love this, and it really isn't as
risky as they thought.
Try mentioning that this process shows students a very direct & ancient
ceramic method with ties to many world cultures. Noting that it is dirt
cheap won't hurt with lots of admini$trator$, either. Make a list of all
the process skills the students can learn, all the different cultures that
use some kind of pit method and a list of safety precautions and training
methods you will use. Show them a Maria Martinez pot & say, "We want to
make this." Mention that you have a history of pyromania & that your
therapist says you need to find pro-social firestarting opportunities before
you "snap".
Good luck - this is a great activity to do with kids & a way to demonstrate
that you really don't have to have a room full of high bucks equipment to
make good useful pots. Dennis

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Sent: Monday, December 06, 1999 4:37 PM
Subject: Re: Pit firing

> would love to pit fire....any suggestions how to convince the powers that
> this is a good idea?????
> Shari :)
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