After showing my fourth graders a power point on the Pueblo Native Americans, we look at their fabulous clay storytellers. These began with potter Helen Cordero. She fashioned little figures after memories of her grandfather telling stories to the children in her family. For this assignment,the Storyteller must be a seated figure, human or animal. It must have an open mouth, and have at least 2 children attached.
First the students draw idea,s and then I show the process. We then use the next 45 minute class to create! The clay figure must be hollow. The score and slip process must be used to attach pieces and babies. Texture and designs may be added right into the soft clay. It will be a few weeks before these are dry and fired. Come back for a look at finished Storytellers.