12-15 classes, 45 minutes
Clay, Slip, Carving tools, Metal Rib, Needle Tool, Clay knife, Scoring tool, sponges, bowl for slip, canvas, spray bottle, water
Be exposed to the history of African face pots,
Create a face pot that incorporates both text and natural inspiration,
Use correct facial proportions in an expressionistic face pot,
Create a pot which is at least 10” tall, and is taller than it is wide.
Introduction: Describe origins of African face pots by showing PBS video on the Edgefield South Carolina mid-19th century face pots. Present Pinterest page and show proportions of facial features and expressionistic character images. Show examples and discuss and objectives.
Lesson: Demonstrate vase-building process and pushing walls out to designate shape, design (sketch) facial features, demonstrate attaching and mounting of facial pieces, and reiterate considerations/parameters (at least 10 inches tall and taller than wide).
Discussion: Use handouts (attached) to facilitate proper execution of face proportions. Facilitate incorporation of text and natural elements into face pot. Inquiry based questions to students to hear them reiterate objectives and direction.
Be introduced to African Face pots.
View inspirations of other face mugs.
Create a modern face pot using their choice of slab, coil or thrown methods.
Use individual inspiration (text, nature and realistic facial expression – not a cartoon face).
Critique their own and their classmates’ face pots.
Burlon Craig on Folkways https://youtu.be/s09tW5BaUsg
(from approx. 7:16 to the end, only about ten minutes)
While the students work, https://youtu.be/7-pk_0b1mKU
Mitchell Grafton sculpting a Face Mug (Time Lapse)
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