Nan Thurn Kitchens on sun 23 dec 07
Greetings of the Season to all, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas,
It's been a quiet week in Lake Claybegon, my hometown...I am visiting Minne=
sota for the Holidays and was greeted by a stack of newspapers from Brigham=
City, Utahin the mail this morning. Inside was an article featuring my wor=
kshop with Lee Burningham and his=20
loyal flock of high school ceramic students.
I traveled to Utah from sunny Florida the first week of December (brrrrrr) =
to teach an Architectural Ceramic workshop to his 130 students. The goal of=
the project was to create a 16 foot by 6 foot mural for the wall outside L=
ee's classroom. The theme of the mural included: subjects taught at the sch=
ool, special interestsof the students, the history of the area and our coun=
try, and the school's mission statement. We completed the four 4' X 6' pane=
ls in only five days, much of which was classroom time.
We estimated a grand total of 560 person hours.(woo hoo!)
I left the project in Lee's capable hands to supervise the drying, bisque f=
iring, and glaze firing process.The students were fabulous. We adapted thei=
r ideas and designs, along with some of our own and created
a place where the students could leave a mark on their school for future ge=
The project was beyond ambitious, but for those of you who know Lee... it i=
s what you can expect,=20
especially when it involves his students. The workshop was funded by a mone=
tary award to Lee,=20
for teacher of the year, from Wal-Mart last year.
His student teacher, Halee Rogers, prepped the students with slides of arch=
itectural ceramics from her travels,
and inspired them to come up with ideas for the design before I arrived. Sh=
e was a delight to work with and=20
contributed considerable time to the mural in addition to teaching other ar=
I hope you will have a chance to meet some of Lee's students if you are att=
See a few photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22098972@N06/sets/Best w=
ishes to you all for a wonderful prosperous New Year.
Nan Thurn Kitchens
Key Largo Florida 33037=20
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