Mold­ing plates out of his­toric clay

Western Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - BEATRICE RAN­DELL

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.

BEATRICE RAN­DELL/FAIRFAX NZ

Ara­hoe School stu­dents, Zoe Beer, Chloe Par­son­son and Kas­sidy Si­mons made molded ter­ra­cotta clay plates.

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