It's that time again, It's the first Sunday in the Month, It's also September the start of the school year. So Sian suggested we tell a school related story.
Well I've delved into the dark recesses of my memory and found something from way back in ancient history..... Well my ancient history anyway.
I went to a school that had rather large classes, so for art we were divided up into two groups. My surname name was near the beginning of the alphabet so I was in the class that did painting. The other half of the class did pottery and similar things (well that's how I remember it) I enjoyed it at first but wasn't very good at it and my pictures were never chosen to go on the wall. Oh how I longed to play with the clay. Why wasn't I allowed to do so, I don't know.
One day we had a change around, boy was I excited about that, I could play with that lovely squishy stuff. I first of all made a little pot, it wasn't brilliant but it was a start.
My piece de resistance was a head, A stunning one if I do say so myself, I loved it I carefully shaped it and put all my enthusiasm into it.
The following week when the clay had dried out we painted our pieces. I painted mine green, not sure why now but that is the colour I chose, possibly because it was my favourite colour then, but anyway that is how it was going to be. I also painted the little pot but that wasn't so much fun.
Teacher said that the clay pieces had to be fired to complete the process and by next week we would see how they had turned out. I was really looking forward to getting my head back.
The following week the teacher gave each child his or her piece I got my little pot, but where was my head? No my head never appeared I never got it. I assumed then that only one piece per child was fired. I was so disappointed.
You know I never have got to play with clay again, I wonder if that experience peppered my creativity in that area. Perhaps I ought to try again.
Mind you I have played with Fimo clay, not quite so squishy and far easier to manage as the firing only has to be done at a low temperature in an ordinary oven for 30 minutes.