I usually wait early January to start ruminating on my highlights of the year gone by. Seems crazy to be thinking about this in mid-October, but since June my head’s been hopelessly stuck in a kids’ project that we did with Brazee Street Glass at the Toledo School for the Arts last June. I suspect that by next January, this will still be at the top of my Best of 2012 list.
Four months ago we watched the brilliant Brazee team take a group of K-8 students through the research, design and making of a glass universe. It was quite simply stellar!
Curiously, the most engaging part for me was not the glass. It was watching the research and design that led up to working with the glass. Seeing the kids thinking through this material got me to appreciate kids in a way that I really hadn’t in the past. (True confession: I’ve often thought small children are best with some fava beans and a nice Chianti)
Now I’m intrigued. And wondering just how big the universe of kid-formed glass is out there. So, I’m asking for input:
Anyone able to direct me to some great programs that are taking kids through the marvels of kilnformed glass? Especially programs that integrate glass with other disciplines?
Or just have some thoughts on what works and what doesn’t in kid-formed glass?
If you can, I’d love links to schools, teachers, projects. Anyone?