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We had never really thought all that much about the history of pockets, but we were fascinated by the lesson that Ruth Bode, art and sustainability teacher from Croydon West Primary School gave us while we were visiting recently.

Ruth told us that pockets weren’t originally part of a jacket, pants, skirt etc … but rather were a separate piece of clothing which was hung from a belt.

Over time of course they became incorporated into our clothing as people’s goods were way too easy to steal when stored like this. It is a tad more convenient as well!

A project Ruth gave her children in the junior classes was to design and create their own pockets out of clay using items from nature to create patterns on the front.

While the children are really lucky that the school has its own kiln for firing their clay creations …

you could also make similar art using air dried clay …

like our children did last year, when they made jewelry.

Every pocket was as different as the children.

image from - Demetria Chappo

What a great concept (and history lesson at the same time!)

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5 Responses to “clay pockets”

  1. Juliet says:

    We have a nursery rhyme, “Lucy Locket lost her pocket.” so this links in well to this project.

    ::: Cool Juliet, we’ll have to look that one up … Thanks! 🙂 🙂

  2. Lisa says:

    Love that! Something to add to our ongoing discussion about different ways of carrying things (that came from reading Handa’s Surprise). Hmm… might bring in my bumbag too! Thanks!

    ::: Cool idea … Don’t you just the way learning about one thing leads onto new things Lisa? 🙂 🙂

  3. Greg says:

    I wonder if there are any Wockets hiding in any of those creations???

    ::: Hee … hee … Can’t say we saw and ‘Pocket Wockets’ Scott but funnily enough, in the next couple of weeks we will post on another project the children from C.W.P.S. had fun with … ‘creating endangered species’. I reckon you might see some ‘Wockets there for sure. 🙂 🙂

  4. Greg says:

    Ummm, Scott????

    Can’t wait to see what critters emerge from that experience.

    ::: We’ll keep you posted Greg. 🙂 🙂

  5. Darcey says:

    This is such a cool idea! I like how the history lesson turned into a craft and how each pocket was unique. I’ve linked up to your post on my weekly favorites here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2011/09/weekly-favorites-for-september-4-2011.html Have a great week!

    ::: We agree Darcey the whole process was very cool… Thanks for the link up! 🙂 🙂