Clay of the Day–tile mural project at Larry’s school

My clay teacher (at the Durham Arts Council, hand-building classes) and friend for lo these many years, Larry Downing, teaches full time at the NC School of the Arts in Durham. A couple of his classes got a big project to work on–a multi-tile mural to be installed at the American Tobacco Campus.

The mural is located behind the Lucky Strike bldg toward the left, says Larry.

The mural is located behind the Lucky Strike bldg toward the left, says Larry.

Larry asked me in to consult with a couple classes to talk to the students about¬†Walter Anderson, whose work inspired the student’s design, and talk about surface treatment ideas. Each student had two 8″-tiles to work with. They each had two squares of the overall design to transfer to their raw tiles.¬†Here’s what they ended up with !

the tile piece

the tile piece

a close up of the edge work

a close up of the edge work

another looks at the edge with its border pieces

another looks at the edge with its border pieces

Larry Downing with his classes' tile project, installed

Larry Downing with his classes’ tile project, installed

It was a big project and a big practice in being one of many voices supporting an overall design.

larry's class group tile project the tile installation, Larry's class's work

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