Maria Martinez meets Jessica Hans

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Second graders learned about Maria Martinez, a Native American artist who, along with her husband, helped revive a ceramic technique known as “Black on Black” pottery. Martinez sourced her own clay and built vessels using the coiling technique.

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We also studied a contemporary artist, Jessica Hans, who mixes various clay bodies and embeds rocks and glass into her vessels and sculptures.

Second graders walked the Barnesville campus looking for interesting rocks to embed into their own vessels. They learned to mix coil and slab techniques as they built their work, utilizing both red and white clay bodies. After the bisque firing, they used black under glazes to add images and designs to their vessels.

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