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Re: reduce stress - firing woes


From: Judy Decker (jdecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon May 12 2003 - 08:17:55 PDT

Thanks Gelato,

This reminds me of a time when I overfired some beautiful ceramics. The
projects melted!!! I took all of the students whose projects got ruined and
we went outside as far away from the building as we could get --- and
screamed at the tops of our lungs! It sure helped me. I spent many hours
after school with studenst who wanted to remake their projects. The whole
experience was so upsetting to me that I never did that particular unit
again. We did effigies inspired by ceramics of ancient Iran. Anyone
interested in some slides if I can find them? I did effigies since - just
not the Middle Eastern unit. I did show some Iranian interent images the
last time I did Native American/pre-Columbian - just wasn't worth the time
to find the slides though. If you want my slides - send off list so I know
if that is something I should look up. Once the emphasis in technology
came - I lost interest in organizing my slides. Just didn't have the time to
do both. Don't know how all of you did it.


P.S for Gelato - was it something sort of shaped like an odd banana or
cucumber? I had a high school boy who thought that kind of shape would
bother me - he made it in clay. Of course I didn't save it. I didn't make an
issue of it - just reclaimed it with out a word to him.

----- Original Message -----
From: jlb
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2003 10:02 AM
Subject: Re: reduce stress with golf balls


I had one of the most obnoxious students 2 years ago who tried to yank my
chain every chance he got. H would drag others into the fray just to see if
he could provoke me into kicking him and others out of class. They would
skip out and the admin. would come to me.
It was all my fault. I did a sculpture project with bonded sand for a final
piece with those art foundations classes. The weather was beautiful so we
could carve outside avoiding the wrath of the janitorial staff by having
sand all over. (This was before Columbine when we could still take students
outside). I can't tell you onlist what this scum bag carved but I think you
get the idea. When all was over I cleaned out the remaining leftovers. His
was amongst them. I went to a field and fired that sculpture as far as I
could yelling his name as I did so. It gave all a big laugh and diffused my
anger and stress for the rest of the semester. It was cathartic.


I used to do this hitting golf balls...."This is NIck". WHACK! "This is
Jason"." WHACK. Guess where I'M goin' this afternoon!!!! the