Tallest Coil Pot Contest

A few hundred pounds of dried out terra-cotta blocks rehydrated in a trash barrel have coiled into form recently with 8th grade....

I teach art in two buildings.  In one case I have the opportunity to share the art room and co-teach with another art teacher.  Not only do we share past projects that are tried and true, we also get to develop ideas for the students we currently teach.
A couple of months ago, another art teacher in the district told me she inherited several boxes of clay in her current teaching assignment and that I was welcome to use some.  The catch is that the clay is dried out.  We are talking bone-dry earth bricks in neat 25 pound cubes, two per box, lining the walls of her supply room.  At first I said I didn't want any part of that labor.  But then I thought about it and in 24 hours, had a change of heart.  Over the course of that one day revelation, I had a few discussions with the art teacher with whom I co-teach.  Considering we wanted to do more clay projects with junior high students and what we had budgeted for clay purchase, we were limiting ourselves.  You know what, I thought, we could do so much more with the terra-cotta on top of the clay we were going to order.  So I got in touch with the other art teacher and said I reconsidered.  She was a bit surprised.  I told her we could arrange for the district to truck it over with our principals' blessings. After it was a go, the clay arrived a few weeks later.  Without going into the details of the muddy mess and painstaking task of wedging, I'm sharing some pictures of the clay being used in class.  Of course I use my knowledge founded in the pot shop at Slippery Rock when I work on my own pots.  Going through the process with bringing the terra-cotta back to life for the 8th grade coil pots was a sort of "getting back to your roots" endevour.

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