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We have a new garden. Thanks to the ASB we were able to start a new garden outside the ceramics studio. Special thanks to the ASB and Marsha Linsley for providing supplies, students for your help planning and planting and to the maintenance staff at PYLUSD and EHS.

Some interesting facts about the garden:
There are colorful pieces of broken up old ceramic project that make the pathways
The old logs were used as centerpieces in my wedding
The fence was pieced together with old t-squares from the drawing class

Some of the plowers and plants in the garden:
African Marigold
Salvia
Kangaroo Paws
Fortnight Lily
Marigold Dwarf
Assorted succulents

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Laser Decal Paper…

I made a casserole dish for a Mother’s Day gift and wanted to include some decals on the side and top of the dish. I ordered the decals from beldecal.com.  The cost is a little under one dollar per sheet. I used Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to design and edit some vector art and photos I found on the internet. It is best to use royalty free images or your own designs and photographs.

After the design was created I measured the size and printed out the image on the transfer decal paper. (Follow the instruction with the paper and apply the image to the glazed pottery.) The results are great. I will fire the piece in the next low fire glaze or bisque fire. The lazerjet toner will adhere to the pottery and give it a strong bond to the glaze. I hope to make this an advanced technique for my advanced students. I am sure they will have some great ideas.

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From left, Kevin Kowalski, ceramics teacher; Kelly Fritz, art fundamentals teacher; Marsha Linsley, visual arts department chair; Sandee Van Oyen, Creative Arts Awards/Reflections chair.
COURTESY OF SANDEE VAN OYEN

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Visiting artist…

At Esperanza we have a wild cat who calls our school home and sometimes he gets into our kiln yard looking for food or something to drink. We have seen the cat outside the kiln yard but this is evidence that he also likes to be creative once and awhile.

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