Thursday, December 6, 2012
Miles of Tiles
I have passed this wall on the east side of the Sierra Madre Elementary School campus, many times. Although I assumed that a group of students made the tiles, I have always wondered what the exact story is.
So, Crackerjack Researcher that I am, I went straight to the SierraMadreNews.net website to get my info! Editor Bill Coburn (whom I was lucky to meet not long ago, in Who Ville) had, of course, posted an article that gave me the info I sought.
About ten years ago, students in the school's Art Docent Program each created two identical ceramic tiles: One that they would keep, and one that would be donated to the school. The students learned not only the process of tile making, but the history of the craft as well. The donated tiles would then be installed on a wall, as part of the school's renovation. This was a community effort, with parents, grandparents, teachers, and civic groups donating time to the project. This wall appears to be the product of that effort.