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.

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    1. I think so, too. I'm guessing the students are at least teenagers by now. They must be very proud of this.

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  2. oh that is cool! it really makes a colorful wall. when we lived in georgia, they constructed a new elementary school that my boys went to. we could purchase bricks with their names on it that they would lay outside....somewhere at the new Walker Park Elementary School in Monroe, Georgia is a brick with the words "Breese Boys" on it...we moved before they ever got the bricks...maybe one day we'll venture down there and find our brick!

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    1. That's very cool! You should definitely venture down and take a look!

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  3. Gorgeous!, I wouldn't mind having a wall like that!.

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    1. KBF, I can't say I'd mind having one, either!

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  4. I love seeing projects like this, a wonderful wall and it must bring a smile to your face when walking by (I especially love that the students could keep their tiles!:) p.s. Hope you're having fun with your new camera!!

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    1. This is definitely something I love seeing, as well, Lulu. The new camera is quite fun. There's a troublesome learning curve going on, with regard to night shots, but we (the camera and I) are working it out! :)

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  5. That is truly neat. Lovely colors. I can remember learning to make tiles in PHS in an Art class. There is an art to keeping them flat. These look terrific.

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    1. That's interesting, LOL. I'd love to try to learn to make them. I have a love of ceramics in general, but I don't think I have the patience for it! :)

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  6. We have a great version elementary school tiles on the risers of a hillside stairway in my neighborhood; the Garvanza section of Highland Park. Ours is in the theme of nature and the nearby location of the Arroyo Seco. They are truly special. I'm glad to see more communities doing this

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    1. Oh, I'll have to check those out sometime. They sound wonderful.

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  7. So wonderful to see alike happening.

    Please have a good Friday.

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    1. Thank you, Robert - and you as well!

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  8. I love projects like this. They are so personal, yet they are also all about community.

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    1. I agree completely, Margaret. These kinds of things really make me feel all warm and fuzzy!

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  9. You ARE a crackerjack researcher. This is a great story.

    By the way, the tiles PA mentions are also marvelous.

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    1. Thanks, PB! I really can't take credit for this one. I pulled the info straight from Bill's website. (Although, can I get credit for typing in the right search words??)

      I'd love to take a field trip to see the Garvanza tiles. Thanks to PA, I'm intrigued by that area, and don't think I've ever been.

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  10. You and me both...warm and fuzzy is exactly how exhibits like this make me feel. And, I might add, your blog makes me feel warm and fuzzy! Marie

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    1. Thank you Marie! I've been working hard lately, to try and get more history-type things for you. :)

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  11. What a great project! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I think it's a pretty amazing project.

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  12. Love handmade tiles like this in projects like this! There's a sea wall in Santa Cruz...or maybe Capitola with tiles like this embedded in the wall...love it!!!

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    1. Ooooh - I'd like to see that, too! (I'm so glad you're back, Chieftess!)

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  13. You are correct that the kids who made these tiles are now teenagers. Both of my children were involved in the project, and my older one is now a senior in high school. I still have the tiles that they were able to keep.

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    1. That's great to know! How nice that you still have the tiles. Great memories!

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