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Mother and child in clay.

The subject of mother and child in art has always been a favorite one. It transcends periods in art, and has lead to some of the most impressive work ever produced. Using the subject of mother and child is an excellent way of encouraging students to work thematically and coceptually in clay.

Before beginning their ceramic sculptures, students were asked what qualities they would like to convey in their work. To foster their thinking, slides of works were shown, ranging in style fro primitive to contemporary. Through careful observation, the students identified such qualities as gentle, affectionate, loving, caring, stable and numerous other. With these qualities in mind, some students completed sketches while others chose not to draw a design, but to allow experimentation and direct contact with the clay mediumto serve as their guide.

The studets used both coil and slab methods of construction. Some of the completed sculptures were glazed, while others were fired and left unglazed. Many of the students preferred a low-fire bronze glaze which gave the sculptures a metallic finish.
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Author:Talley, Clarence, Sr.
Publication:School Arts
Date:Dec 1, 1992
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