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DRAGON FIRE (article first published : 2001-08-9)

Class 10 pupils at The Roseway Waldorf High School at Alverstone are building a three-metre dragon out of clay in preparation for Michaelmas. Potter Andrew Walford and the school’s craft teacher Graeme Quin are as excited as the children.

“This is an idea I heard about in Japan and I am sure it has not been done in Africa “ says Andrew. “We are using a ton of clay donated by potter Ian Glenny from his farm in Dargle in the Midlands. The children have mixed this with shredded paper and have experimented with making small dragons.

“A ton of wood is being used to fire the beast so keep August 25 free to celebrate and help stoke the fire,” he adds. “We anticipate it being somewhat spectacular as the site of the craft studio overlooks the whole Assagay valley and the dragon will be completely engulfed in flames .The Dragon Fire party with crafts, fire dancers and music will start at approximately 15h00 and carry on into the night.

Tickets R10 (for adults) with profits going towards improving the forge, ceramic and jewellery facilities at the school. Tickets can be obtained from the school at (031) 765-05462 or from Andrew at (031) 769-1363 or at the entrance.

“We would appreciate people letting us know beforehand so that we can facilitate brewing the broth and concocting a Dragon’s Blood Brew,” says Andrew, with a smile.




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