Thanks, Bobo and “GA” for passing along empathy and the love of art! I read 1965’s post last 
 Wednesday and thought to myself…how did we end up this way as adults. We are right brained educators. We love to help when there is a need but we don’t like the spotlight on us as individuals. Yes, we get that from our parents which got me to thinking about my own daughter as she turns 18 this week.
See post here:
I have folks all the time ask me things like:
How did you think of that?
Who taught you to do that?
How did you get so thoughtful?
Wow, what a meaningful gift…
You see “Growing Up Cochran” we weren’t brought up very differently. It is just that our parents put us first and modeled some really good parenting behavior for us. It is described in this post here:
Why do we think as if there was no box at all? Maybe, because our parents allowed us to be that way!
Sometimes it is the little things that get passed on:
All I know is Bobo and GA are good folks with big hearts. They are the kind of people that I seek to be friends with in my adult’ing life and my art teacher’in career. I like the fact that they passed down certain things to me and my sister. A few things I remember from my childhood:
Visiting the nursing home to check in on an elderly family member.
Taking flowers to the grave yard at Christmas to sing to my grandparents.
Taking food to someone who was having a hard time…a death, sickness, etc…
Above all, we always had a pet! (dogs, cats and rabbits)
This piece of art is very special to me. I have it hanging in my kitchen. It is made from an old wooden Coke crate. My Dad, threw each one of those pots by hand. He glazed them all differently and created this way super cool piece just for me. It is a pain to dust, but each time I do. I look at how many hours went in to creating this and the thought process of having something to pass on down to my daughter.
Great article on empathy here:
I think I learned how to be a loyal friend along the way with my parents. I have watch my daughter be a very loyal friend over the years to others to a default. She has learned some hard lessons along the way, but it has made her a better person. During some of those hard lessons it was nice to be able to retreat to Bobo and GA’s and just chill to get perspective on life!
I am so thankful for my parents and the gifts and talents that they passed on to us. We are blessed to be artsy and to be family. I appreciate all of my Bobo and Ga originals! Thanks for helping make my house rather unique. You guys are the best!
Tripod Textured Slab Mugs were the right way to go with my 7th Graders.  Usually, the kids work really hard and have poor results.  I am not sure if the project that I choose is too complicated or maybe they have not touched clay enough.  I have had 3 years of art with these kids and feel like they have made great progress.  If you judge by these mugs and know their background, you would probably say that they have come a long way.  

So how did this project come to be?  I really wanted to use the slab roller with my 7th Graders.  I came across a video on Youtube by Karan Witham-Walsh.  She has a great Youtube channel Karan Witham-Walsh YouTube Channel.  Also, you can find Karan’s work on Etsy at Karan’s Etsy link.  I found Karan’s video How to Make a Tripod Slab Cup.


The kids watched the How to Make a Tripod Slab Cup Video.
I rolled out the slabs.
I showed the entire video.
I gave the kids the slabs.
 I showed clips of the video again and again as we worked.
The kids began the process of making the cup.
I gave them the option of using texture on their clay cups Texture Stencil Examples.  The stencil were very forgiving on some of the less than perfect craftsmanship.
Once they got the cup made, we wrapped in Saran Wrap and put the cups on the shelf.

On the following day, we watched a video on how to make handles jescia hopper Youtube video on how to make handles.  Great video!  They made handles and attached them to the cups.  Oh yeah, we had mugs!

We let the mugs sit for a week.
Then, I fired the mugs.
We glazed.  
Some kids chose to drip glaze here and there.

I really like the results.
I like coffee.  I would definitely drink a cup of Joe from one of these mugs.  I was wondering where cup of Joe saying came from and googled to find these 3 possibilities.

Well, there are two popular theories about the origin of this phrase: One is in regards to Josephus Daniels, who was Secretary of the Navy. On the month of June, 1914, he banned all U.S. Navy ships from serving alcoholic beverages. The sailors weren’t too thrilled with the decision, because they had to resort to the next strongest drink on the list, which was coffee!Since Josephus Daniels was the one responsible for banning alcohol and “forced” everyone to make the switch to coffee, the sailors nicknamed the drink after him, thus it became “a cup of joe,” Joe being short for Josephus. That’s the theory anyways. 

However, a more plausible theory comes from Snopes, where it’s explained how the word “joe” can simply mean the average man. For example, perhaps you’ve heard someone say: “I’m just an average joe.” That means he’s just an every day, ordinary kind of guy. Therefore, a drink involving the word “joe” would show that the drink is for the common man, or the average person. ( 

There was a New York company named Martinson’s Coffee (Andy Warhol liked to paint the cans) owned by a man named Joe Martinson. The neighbourhood of the company would be saturated by the aroma of roasting coffee, and coffee therefore became known as ‘a cup of Joe’. ( 

What else but “Cotton Eye Joe” by REDNEX?