Merenda met with each of our classes in small groups, gave a short tutorial on working with clay, and gave them their task for the collaborative project. Our youngest students were tasked with creating roots and worms to make up the underground realm, the 1st through 4th graders created flora and fauna that would make up the earthly realm, and our 5th through 8th graders had the opportunity to design objects they associated with the heavenly realm.
Once the pieces were created, off they went to Merenda’s studio to be fired. They were then returned to campus where each of our classes got to choose glazing colors and glaze their class’s pieces. Then, back to the studio for their final firing!
Merenda spent several weeks carefully placing the pieces together onto the four panels. The finished pieces were installed on the front of our campus, along with uplights to really make them shine.