In the Classroom: Cherokee Museum

Student’s studying Cherokee life and culture made and decorated clay pinch and coil pots for display.  Anne Phillips provided students with images of ornamental and utilitarian Cherokee pots and provided written instructions as well as demonstrated basic techniques in the construction of both pinch and coil pots.  She gave students a softball size lump of clay to create their pots and provided them with pebbles, leaves, seeds, and other naturally found objects to make pressed imprints on their pots.  Students also carved designs and patterns to decorate their pots.  The finished pots were left to air dry and where displayed in the hallway in their very own Cherokee Museum.

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Penland School of Crafts
NC Arts Council
Community Foundation of Western NC

Teaching Artists

Anne Phillips
Pat Benard

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