Molding plates out of historic clay
New Lynn - and its white clay became the home of Crown Lynn.
And now Arahoe School students are crafting their own piece of history from white clay discovered on their school grounds last year.
Arahoe School’s year 1 and 2 students made plates decorated with white clay. The project was part of syndicate Ara Teina’s term 2 topic ‘‘make a plate bring a plate’’. Room 18 teacher Erica Gracias said more than 200 students got involved.
Terracotta clay was used for the plate mold, the white clay was added on top as a slip to decorate the plate, she said.
Before beginning the project students also dug up yellow clay from the school grounds to mold and experiment with. The kids used tools like skewers and forks to make patterns.
Art specialist, Gill Read, who took the plate making classes, said she discovered the white clay being excavated during the construction of a new classroom.
It took about 30 minutes to make the plate and they then air dried for about a week. The plates would be fired at Corbans Estate Arts Centre later.
Student, Hunter Stone, 5, had fun making the plates. He said his favourite part was doing the patterns which were lines and korus. Zoe Beer, 5, said she liked drawing korus on her plate because she is from New Zealand.
Arahoe School students, Zoe Beer, Chloe Parsonson and Kassidy Simons made molded terracotta clay plates.