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Re: [teacherartexchange] Ceramic Tree of Life

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From: Susan Bennett (seasideblueviolet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Nov 29 2007 - 19:36:06 PST


The Brooklyn Museuem's Tree fo Paradise,, Roman Jewish
Mosaic has an interesting view
--- MWhite <mwhite139@cox.net> wrote:

> Peggy,
>
> The best glue I've used for ceramics is Bond 527
> Multi-purpose Cement.
> I've used it on both student work and my own coffee
> mug handles. It
> withstands repeated washings and handling. The only
> caveat is that the
> students must be patient and hold the pieces
> together 'til it bonds well
> enough to set aside and dry (I always suggested
> overnight). They often
> tend to wiggle it to see if it's stuck yet, and of
> course that breaks
> the bond.
>
> The use of artifacts from other cultures is a
> particular interest of
> mine. I couldn't tell from your post if your
> students were choosing
> their own symbols or replicating those of the
> cultures you're studying,
> but I do hope you are encouraging them to select
> symbols that are
> important to them.
>
> Maggie
>
> Margaret Angstadt wrote:
>
> >First, let me thank all who sent replies regarding
> curriculum last
> >month. I really enjoy this list -- especially all
> the resources
> >(thank you esp to Judy!)
> >
> >I am interested in assigning a 'tree of life' theme
> for my Clay
> >Sculpture (HS) class, so I am doing my 'homework'
> now. I have
> >obtained lots of info and images that inform
> (including the PBS Crafts
> >in America dvd) but need some practical/structural
> advice.
> >
> >With reference to the Mexican tradition, II see
> that the additions
> >[figures, flowers, animals, etc.] are added after
> firing, after
> >painting (or before painting sometimes). My
> question is, do the
> >artists use nichrome (high fire) wire >during< the
> firing, or add wire
> >to premade holes >after< firing. Actually, the
> latter makes more
> >sense to me because this 'after firing' wire is
> more flexible.
> >
> >Then there is the glue...suggestions?
> >
> >I absolutely love this theme, especially amid a
> culture of violence
> >and death. I have info mostly from Mexico/Peru,
> and India. I would
> >like students to experience more cultural
> influences, if any of you
> >can share resources on this.
> >
> >In advance I once again thank you all for making
> time to share your
> >expertise, knowledge, and especially your passion
> for the arts!
> >
> >Peggy
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
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