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Friday, June 09, 2006

Hot Clay and Hot Dog

At last am able to blog. I know many of you have had the same problems. Well what a scorcher today, weather wise. Here is one very hot dog........who did not want to be disturbed......after finding a cool sanctuary under the settee, and who can blame him?


So why did this heat happen on the day I had promised my Year 10 class, we would be making our clay tiles?? From 1.30 - 3 pm we made clay tiles in very hot conditions. The students have been working on Landscapes and using Van Gogh as an inspiration for making marks in the clay. It is a really fun project, they love it.


The results were absolutely fantastic, the students had to work fast, we kept a lot of water and sponges on hand......We did achieved our aim, all 25 students finished their clay tile.
At the end we were very pleased with the results, but felt we had run a mini marathon. They (the tiles not the students !) are now residing under plastic bags, to try and slow down the drying process, we do not want them to crack. The tiles will be fired next Friday, over the weekend, then they will be glazed and fired again. I think it would be great to make mini quilts, but unfortunately I do not have enough time on the timetable to teach them the many skills required to achieve the result, shame really.



The photos I have posted are from last years selection to give you an idea, there was not time to photo today's work and in raw clay state it is quite difficult to see the textures of the surface.

5 comments:

Micki said...

Despite the heat, your students did excellant work.

kirsty said...

Gosh, these are superb!

Françoise said...

Poor hot dog! Mine is baking too today...
You do such great work with your students. Wonderful!
I did try to wash my leaf prints, but it didn't work... so, they are waiting in my scrap box for another treatment, probably some more paint, or maybe I'll cut them up one day. We'll see...

Sue said...

What a phenomenally high standard of work: I am SO impressed. Just shows what an excellent facilitator you are - please can I come and join your class?

Liz said...

These are brilliant, Maggie - well done to you and your students!