Magazine article School Arts

EARLY-AMERICAN FRUIT BANKS High School

Magazine article School Arts

EARLY-AMERICAN FRUIT BANKS High School

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Around 1879, in East Brookfield, Massachusetts, simple penny banks were made from clay. Abner S. Wright and Richard Lindley had a very successful factory. The banks were made in the form of peaches, apples, and pears. They were fired once and painted.

This lesson was part of a unit on Early-American pottery. Students read several articles on the subject of redware, factories, and small pottery. They went to Old Sturbridge Village to visit the potter and discuss the life of a typical potter of the 1830s.

They made fruit banks by joining two pinch pots--actual fruits were on hand at all times for reference--from the forming of the shape to the painting of the color. Students attempt to match the real color of the fruit.

To make a fruit bank:

1. Make two pinch pots of the same size and shape.

2. Paddle the top edges flat so that they will join together with no gaps. Let them sit until they are firm.

3. Join the two halves with the score and slurry method. …

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