::: clay pockets
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.
What a great concept (and history lesson at the same time!)