3rd Grade Bird Nests Drying in the Art Room
This week, third grade finished constructing their own ceramic bird nest using various sized coils of clay to build and texture a bowl shape. Students then added anywhere from two to four eggs. Before we created the nests, the students learned about Juan Quezada, a famous potter from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua in Mexico whose pottery saved his village from poverty. As a boy, Juan discovered some pots made by his ancient ancestors in a local cave, found the sources of their clay and colors, and learned to construct these beautiful works of art himself. After an American anthropologist discovered Juan's work in a New Mexico secondhand store, he found Juan and helped create a market for his masterful pottery in the U.S.. Eventually, Juan taught the townspeople of Mata Ortiz to become expert potters like him, and today the village's pottery is world-renowned. We'll glaze these nests before the holiday break, after they've had some time to dry and be fired.