Melbourne University Early Learning Centre

Rajasthani potters, Manori Lal and Banay Singh made pots with the children on a traditional potters wheel under the verandah. This was a beautifully intimate experience where the language of the co-joined hands spoke of deep understandings. Both the children and the potters communicated their respect for each other and for this precious natural earth resource.   Josette Nun 

“I liked the feel of the clay. It feeled like soft clay, similar to playdough, all nice and wet and soft. I made a cup by putting some water on and putting my thumb in. Then it made it into a soft cup". Adele

"I was making a clay pot. The man who was helping me spun a wheel around. He had a stick and went really fast and then he stopped and put the clay on. Then he put his hands in water and put it on the clay. I put my hands on to make a different shape. He got a piece of string and cut it It was a cup!" Johnathan

"I’m spinning a pot, throwing a pot, that’s what its called. You put on a piece of clay and stamp it on then you put on a big piece of clay and stamp it on. Then you get your stick and spin the wheel with the stick. Then you pull your hand round and round in circles. Then you get a string and you put it down the bottom of the cup then you drag it off."    Claire

"I slid my finger up to the end of the clay. The potter got a skinny piece of string and he slided it under the bottom of the clay. I holded it in my hand. I did not do this before but I like learning new things. The potters were nice and I remembered their names." Isla