Saturday, January 14, 2017

School Lunches and Sacred Hearts


Making a sandwich and some carrots...

More for the school lunch series...

Having a treat, and making a pattern...

Securing the decorative border...

Dearest wall heart...

True love wall heart...

Friday, January 13, 2017

Learn by Doing

I stayed after school to grade rock collections...

We ended another big project in class. Project learning is always intriguing to me. When projects are open-ended, students can take their work as far as they want. They can get creative. They can shine. Or, they can completely blow off the project and fail miserably. I'm not sure which teaches a better life lesson. Because, sometimes, you look around you, and see what others have accomplished, and you realize the weakness of your effort. It's a painful way to make growth.

But, then the memories of projects that I did in school, are always memories of the projects where I "knocked the ball out of the park for a home run". It's easy to forget all of the disasters. I'm not sure that I worried too much about what the other kids were doing, as a child. My elementary school was a hotbed of project learning, back in the 1970's. It was right up my alley. 

Last week, we turned in our Native Californian coiled baskets. I didn't have a chance to take many pictures of them, but will do so before I return them to the students. Right now, they are on display in our classroom. It's fun to watch kids learn and grow. And, it's fun to vicariously feel their pride in a job well done.

We made these little guides...
Many students brought in interesting rocks...
When I got home, Percy had put Winston's bed in the hallway...
Went out for some late lunch potato flautas...
Marcello sparkles at dusk...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

School is Cancelled

Wall plate of school lunch peas...

So, due to extreme flooding and rainstorms, school was cancelled. Our school is located very near the floodwaters. This morning, I woke up, and had to start bailing out the garage. Since the horrific installation of French drains, a few years back, all of my laborious rock shoveling has kind of paid off. My garage floods less often now. However, we've had a week of non-stop rainstorms of late. After removing a bit of water, I worked in the shed to get some pieces ready for my Open Studios application. I took last year off, but am finally ready to try out again.


School lunch dessert...
This little dude was very unhelpful...
These pieces will fit on a flea market lunch tray...
The shoulder tooth cracked during drying...
So, I made more teeth...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Take Aways Show




Boy, do I hate taking photos. There's always a major mishap. Last time, I broke a large sculpture, right after I had finished filling out the entry form for a contest. This time, I knocked my bike over, which ricocheted into a large 6 foot wooden panel. The panel almost landed on the bike, and on Winston, my dog. I kind of threw myself into the panel to stop it from falling. Then, I accidentally deleted some nest photos. Arghhh. I guess it could have been worse!







Monday, January 2, 2017

Last Day of Vacation

Prepared some giant sculptural teeth...
I lost one tooth in the kiln over the weekend...
Winston is keeping an eye on things in the studio...
I have hardly any clay left, so I decided to make small cakes...
They are a great way to recycle slip by making icing...
These will take a while to dry...
Percy likes to check in, about every hour...
I've got lots of washing to do before my deadline...

Saturday, December 31, 2016

School Lunch



Sandwiches, cookies, corn, peas, and a cutie...

Found this cafeteria tray at the flea market...

Looks like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, to me...

Inspiration board on the studio door...

Research...

It wouldn't be school lunch without a corndog...

Big Heads

Forming heads with the neck up...

They get flipped once the necks are firm...

Starting to shape the faces...

This guy wants to look like a rough wood carving...

Carving and pinching...

He is going to be placed on a carved wooden base...