You were kinder than I. I became the clumsy art teacher and would drop them into the kiln...oopsy. Of course this IS after I warned them not to make bongs and that I knew what they looked like. I would explain that the taxpayers were our patrons, and as such, they didn't support drug, cigarette or alcoholic referencing in the students' work. That said, I only had to "accidently drop" one each year, and the word got out. As for grading, the kid got a work grade every week, a "project" grade based on the parameters set up for the assignment (theme, size, etc), and would have to talk to me for their "piece completed grade". As you know many accidents happen on their own in a kiln, so I never just had the final piece grade as the only grade.
> On 10/5/2012 7:55 PM, San D Hasselman wrote:
> > (word to the wise, make sure they aren't making bongs, which they
> will tell you are something else).
> San D
> Haha! I remember those projects when I taught ceramics! The students
> would make effigy vessels with unusual configurations and extensions.
> They were often beautifully crafted, so the kiln gods took pity and
> simply plugged up the holes rather than smash them. It was hilarious to
> watch, out of the corner of my eye, the makers sucking like mad on their
> bongs and getting nowhere.