Whitechapel Art Gallery Family Day September 29 2011, 0 Comments

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Despite being nearly caught up in a riot on Whitechapel Road Ava, Jonah and I made it in one piece to the Whitechapel Art Gallery to take part in their family day.  A day of making pots and cups using broken tea cup handles (found washed up beside the Thames), throwing clay on a pottery wheel and allowing me to have a sneak view at the amazing large scale photography of Thomas Struth.

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Ava took to the potters wheel like a pro – apparently she has very good concentration and a steady hand! Jonah probably enjoyed the gunky mess slightly more than the act of throwing a pot itself.  He, however, loved the chance to make a milk bottle person … clay mounted on a one pint plastic milk carton decorated with a nose of tea cup handle, ears of buttons and hair of glittery sequins.  Ava’s favourite part of the day was creating a tea cup/hot air balloon – well why not if you have an imagination ripe with no boundaries – to carry off the miniature plastic dog she found amongst the table of artefacts that could be used in the making process.

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