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Episode 1644

Topic: Art
Air Date: November 28, 1991
Previous Episode: 1643 - Art
Next Episode: 1645 - Art
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Mister Rogers arrives with a small container of homemade play clay. Taking it to the kitchen, he molds the clay as he talks and talks about playing with clay as a boy -- sometimes to express his feelings. This leads into Mister Rogers singing What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel.

At the Neighborhood arts center, Mister Rogers talks with Bill Strickland, a talented artist who demonstrates the process of making a pot from clay. Mister Rogers is given a hands-on lesson in pottery. As they walk to the kiln, Bob Trow passes by with a portrait of Audrey Roth.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Miss Paulificate shows Queen Sara a unique portrait of King Friday done with fabric on the back of a denim jacket. Once the castle garden is vacated, Lady Elaine begins taking measurements at the castle but is interrupted by Robert Troll. Discontent with Lady Elaine's meager explanation, Robert Troll walks to the Museum where Lady Elaine mentions that she will be giving the King a "different surprise" instead of a portrait. With a "boomerang-toomerang-soomerang," a bowl of play clay in front of Lady Elaine is gone.

Almost immediately, King Friday uses a loud speaker to page Lady Elaine. At the castle, play clay is covering all of the royal portraits and Lady Elaine is instructed to clean it up. Queen Sara whispers some advice to Robert Troll who, in turn, begins measuring Lady Elaine.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how art can be used to express feelings in a very healthy way.


Bill Strickland appeared a few episodes earlier in Episode 1641 as Mister Rogers visited Bob Trow at the arts center. At that time, Mr. Strickland made a very quick mention of his pottery.

This episode is included on the Would You Be Mine Collection (DVD).

Appearing In This Episode


  • Bill Strickland




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Audrey Roth, Bill Strickland, Bob Trow
Special Thanks to: Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
©1991 Family Communications, Inc.

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