By Krista M. Madkins

Harker Heights Herald

Harker Heights residents gathered to build Santa sculptures out of clay pots to decorate their homes for the holiday season Monday at the Harker Heights Library and Activities Center.

Class members turned five clay pots into Santa. Suzanne Jones taught the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department class, which was her idea.

"My neighbor showed me one that she had been working on, and I decided to do it, and it just grew from there," Jones said.

The first session focused on painting Santa's suit and hat, his black boots and his white hair. A second class focused on the details of Santa's face and his accessories.

"I'm a perfectionist," said Joyce Mayer, a class participant, as she struggled to re-create the same effects on her Santa's face as Jones' version.

Jones supplied class members with four test faces in their direction packets; they were told to experiment until they liked the way their Santa faces looked.

After participants were satisfied with their faces, Jones then traced Santa's facial features using carbon paper onto a pot for Santa's face.

"I've done crafts that involve painting on plaster but never clay," class member Diana Kirby said as she painted her Santa's accessories.

Contact Krista M. Madkins at or (254) 501-7468.

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