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Junior potters are turning clingy clay into utilitarian containers. The receptacles are being made by 200 Millner Primary School students.

The Transition to Year 6 artisans are participants in Hand-building Vessels in the Millner Art program.

The school’s art teacher Korin Lesh said the "therapeutic, hands-on and engaging activity" hones mental acuity and muscle coordination.

"These attributes are needed to develop the fine motor skills that transfer into writing, drawing, and making intricate objects," she said.

"The program is also useful in teaching students that pot manufacture is a long-term, step by step process.

"They have to be built, dried, underglazed and kiln fired to produce beautiful containers.

"Students can deconstruct and reconstitute the clay, all the time learning from their errors."

Ms Lesh said the students have learnt construction methods, including joining and smoothing techniques.

"During the Term 3 program the artists have made pinch pots, coil pots, coil pots using bowl moulds and some students have made their own sculptures," she said.

"In the semester break I will fire the pots with local potter Gerald Chapman, and the students will take their creations home."

Junior potters from Millner Primary School are turning clingy clay into utilitarian containers.
Junior potters from Millner Primary School are turning clingy clay into utilitarian containers.

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