The tile project will involve the whole school and local community in designing a series of images to be used to make clay tiles, which will be placed on the 60 or so posts along the fence. (Each tile will be 10cm wide and 15 cm high.)
I visited Aimee McLeod, a potter who has worked with staff at Otari School, she is going to support the project and help with turning designs into tiles and handily she has her own kiln at home, which is not to far from the school.
The intention is to get the students in the art group to run the project and help chose the designs to be made in to the tiles. They will also be working on involving the wider community in the project by letting everyone know what is going on and how to get involved. More information about the tile project will be out soon.
Ideas for the designs will be based on anything that has a connection with the School, local community, local history, Maori settlement in the area and flora and fauna found in the area. As we are lucky enough to have the Otari Native Reserve next door. which on it's own would provide a wealth of material to use, we shouldn't be short of ideas.
The next few posts will be on tiles and different ways of decorating them, Aimee said that there are many different ways to make and decorate the tiles, so most ideas should be able to be turned into a tile.