One of the joys of Ceramics, is destroying something, you just put your heart and soul in to. It comes with the territory, but hey, odds are, it's your fault, and you know what you are doing. Best case scenario, it's an easy fix, that won't take long. Worst case scenario, you scrap it and start over.
But with teaching, neither of the above points are always true. For one, they are students and are obviously just learning. So they don't know how to fix broken ceramic ware. So, in a teaching environment, it makes sense, to explain how to fix the project, and avoid a similar problem in the future.....Though usually, I explained that from the start.
But what happens, when the other point also isn't true, when a project is damage by someone, other than the owner? Who do you have fix it? Should the owner be required to take time out of their schedule, to fix something that shouldn't need it? Should the guilty party do so, even the person can even be identified? Should the teacher be responsible, since they are the expert and can probably fix it faster and more efficiently?
What are your thought?
I've done pretty much all of the above. Normally, if someone breaks their work, have them fix it. If I do it, then it excuses them from being haphazard with their work, and they'll do something similar again. The big issue, is when someone else breaks a project that is not their own. I had that happen recently. A student threw a medium sized pot, and really had to fight it, to keep it from flopping. They had a nice underglaze design, and it was drying on the the shelves. I was loading greenware, and when I went to grab it, I noticed the telltale sign of "You picked up a greenware vessel incorrectly", that is the u-shaped break. So I questioned them about it, the next day. They swear they didn't break it. I have no idea who did. So I repaired it, and fairly well, if I do say so myself.
I'm sure I will always have those cases. Unless I get cameras in my room, or someone's guilty conscience gets the best of them, I'll never know all that goes on....but as a teacher, I don't tell them that. I AM ALL SEEING AND KNOWING, SO SPEAKETH THE ART TEACHER!!!!