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Re: clay cartouches

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Tue, 7 Dec 1999 02:04:53 EST

In a message dated 12/6/99 5:28:53 PM Pacific Standard Time,
art4all writes:

<< I was wondering if anyone has done clay cartouches with a second grade
class. If so, did you have them inscribe their name? A message? Special
symbols? Or perhaps a less literal Egyptian slant, like having them
inscribe a symbol that they create that stands for something meaningful to
them. Someone told me they did amulet cartouches, but Im worried that that
would be too small for them to work with and inscribe within....Anyhoo, any
ideas would be helpful. >>

I do steles with them from a slab of clay rounded at the top corners. I use
the hieroglyph alphabet from the pyramid game from the MOMA. The kids draw
the symbols above the alphabet letters and then pick out their first names
from them. Then we divide the stele into rows and carve in the hieroglyphs
corresponding to their names. In the arch shape at the top we carve the 'eye
of horus' or the winged sun or the scarab. Dry and fire.
Then we rub brown engobe or slip into the carved lines and clean off the
surface leaving the engobe in the lines and rubbing the surface clean[makes
them look ancient]. Then add a coat of transparent glaze and refire.
You can also rub boot polish in and clean off if you don't want to fire twice.
You can tell the story of the Rosetta Stone to go with this activity.

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