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Special guest helps Ridgefield second graders with pottery project

Students will be able to take the finished ornaments home in time for the holidays

RIDGEFIELD — “I need help please!” One of the second graders in Sara Marshall’s class at Union Ridge Elementary School looked up from the clay on his desk. A parent volunteer came to help him trace the outline of his hand in the clay for a holiday pottery project.

Finished Christmas ornaments made by Union Ridge Elementary School second graders. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public Schools
Finished Christmas ornaments made by Union Ridge Elementary School second graders. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public Schools

Richard Moody, an artist and retired teacher, taught the class how to make special, handcrafted ornaments out of clay. He took a moment to show the kids how to make the shape of Santa’s face with their hands. “Hold your hand like this,” he said, holding up his hand with fingers together. “If you do it like this,” he said, holding up his hand with fingers spread apart, “Santa is going to have a weird beard.”  The kids chuckled, imagining Santa with a wild, crazy beard.

Each student cut out the shapes for Santa, Cinnamon Bear, and snowman ornaments. On another day, they will paint the projects, then Moody will fire the pieces in the kiln at South Ridge Elementary. The students will be able to take the finished ornaments home in time for the holidays.

Artist and retired teacher, Richard Moody, helps Union Ridge Elementary School students in Sara Marshall's second grade class make handcrafted ornaments from clay. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public Schools
Artist and retired teacher, Richard Moody, helps Union Ridge Elementary School students in Sara Marshall’s second grade class make handcrafted ornaments from clay. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public Schools

Moody watched the students working on their ornaments, carefully tracing and cutting the shapes.  He smiled. “We’ll let them use the scraps when they’re done. We’ll see what they come up with.” With so many creative second graders, the possibilities were endless—maybe even Santa with a weird beard.

Information provided by Ridgefield Public Schools.

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