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re: clay olympics

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Wed, 10 Feb 1999 10:51:36 -0600

Regarding Linda's post about clay olympics- I've done them, usually with good results for an experience when we were just learning about the nature of clay, not making things to save- perhaps as an introduction to a one week summer clay class.

BUT, there is one session I will never forget! It happened to be the LAST day of the session, taught in the ceramics studio of a local college....

Most of the events went just fine, though I did make the mistake of pitting boys against girls. My great idea (NOT!) for the final event was the slop bucket relay! Kids had to carry a small gallon pail from a full bucket of slop to an empty five gallon one. First relay brigade to fill the 5 gallon bucket won. You can only imagine the amount of clay slip and water we had ALL OVER the floors, the walls, yes, even on the ceiling- not to mention ourselves! Some careful hosing off helped repair some of the damage, but what a slippery mess!

I told the kids- from kinder to 6th grade I believe- that they would NEVER have the chance to get that messy again. I'm afraid that when parents saw them, they agreed.

As the motto goes: not the glory, but the GAMES!!!!


Jim Wittstruck
M.W. Savage Elementary
Savage, MN