Making Peruvian Personality Pots
What a great day, Year 5!
What we learned…
“Making portraits of people and animals on clay objects is a tradition that goes back many hundreds of years. The Peruvian Personality Pots are particularly interesting as the surviving jugs, vases and vessels tell us many stories about the culture of the people who lived in ancient South America. The craftspeople of this time dug clay out of the ground, used coil building techniques and colourful paint to create beautiful and functional pots. The people of Peru often used them every day for tasks such as collecting water, pouring wine, keeping food, etc). They were also often highly valued as art objects that represented Gods, real people and symbolic or sacred animals. Baked in pits in the ground, the clay is so strong that many wonderful examples of these vessels have been found by archaeologists and dated at 2500 years old.”
Today, Year 5 created their own Personality Pot, choosing shapes and ideas to mix form and function. Using air dry clay and coil building techniques they assembled their unique vessels, just like the Peruvians did all those years ago (well, maybe it was a little different!).
Year 5, we can’t wait to see you in the Year 6 Visual Art program in 2014.