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Re: Clay Projects

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carla harwitt (
Sat, 1 Feb 1997 09:03:34 -0800 (PST)

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Dear Mary Jane, I really liked your gargoyle lesson. FYI, there's a
neat gargoyle website at Check it
--Carla in LA

On Sat, 1 Feb 1997 Toulouse95 wrote:

> Christy,
> This is not the time of year for this project, but thought I'd send it on
> while on the subject.
> My students enjoyed rolling slabs on the back of leaves, cutting out the leaf
> shapes and attaching them to a slab base, a pinch bowl form or a coil pot,
> and actually using the leaves as the sides of the forms. The vast majority of
> students chose grape leaves, although I had many different kinds available,
> partially because that was my demonstration piece and also because they
> enjoyed using small groups of balls as grapes to work into their piece's
> walls.
> I also just did ceramic gargoyles with my Art I kids. I used some Burger King
> gargoyle puppets and toys and a singing book of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
> that belong to my three year old as motivation and my high school kids loved
> it. One of the Burger King gargoyle puppets would spit water, so after I
> explained what gargoyles were and showed a couple of slides of traditional
> ones, I pulled him out, had him "talk" about his role as a drain spout, said
> it had just finished raining and had him spit on a kid I knew could handle
> the abuse. I figured they would all be familiar with the toy or that the
> second class would have already heard about the stunt and be prepared but it
> caught them all by surprise and they laughed as they got to work on their
> preliminary sketches.
> Another teacher loaned me a great catalog with over 100 examples of gargoyles
> because I had complained I couldn't find any really good examples. I called
> the company and had them send me one which I made into a poster. It really
> has a variety of poses, facial expressions. The company is Tuscano. I ordered
> the free catalog at 1-800-525-0733. Ask for their one with the gargoyles (I
> think they have several).
> Thanks to everyone for the great ideas.
> Mary Jane

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