Teaching teens pottery is a different experience from teaching elementary aged students even though there may be only a small age difference. Teens in middle and high school have had many more life experiences. They have acquired more creative tools. Their work has time to develop with a daily interaction with clay. Here is a look at what they created in our week long class this summer.
Teens explored building castles using coils and slabs. From left to right: clay is used to create buildings; castles are glazed in bright colors; artwork is finished with a glaze firing in the pottery kiln. Below are a few more finished pieces.
Once the students were familiar with architecture, they started their second project: architectural tiles.
The results were very unique and exciting to see. Starting with a clay slab, the students used their imagination to take the next steps. They then moved on to glazing and the tiles were fired.
For the final project, the students created a functional piece. They began with a flat two-dimensional slab of clay and turned it into a three dimensional mug. The theme was animals but some decided to move away from topic and create an original piece.
It’s always a great experience to teach clay for Newton Community Education! Check out my post on what the elementary aged students created during their weeks of summer pottery class.
Scenes from teaching Adult pottery at Potters Place. I’ve been lucky to have had two groups of fantastic students this past session. Here is a glimpse at some of the amazing work they have created both on the potters wheel and by hand.
Summer pottery class with older students in grades 3-6 were taught techniques to create work in clay. The older students were able to understand and grasp concepts in a different way than the younger students. Sometimes they were more hesitant to take chances, but when they did, they were rewarded. Their finished pieces show maturity and understanding of skills. Here is a look at a few of my favorite pieces from this 4 day summer pottery camp at Newton Community Education.
Ben’s pinch pot dinosaur
Mairead’s pinch pot turtle
Brianna’s coil pot
“Create your own” utilizing pinch pots and coil
Mio’s “Create your own” utilizing slab, texturizing and scratch & attach with slip.
These imaginative students were a thoughtful group who found joy in creating with clay – yipee!
I’m excited to offer instruction to adult students this spring at Potters Place, my cooperative studio located in Walpole, Massachusetts. Details here.
Starting on Monday, May 2nd from 9am – 12pm, I will offer a pottery class for adult students of all levels. This class is 6 weeks with a maximum class size of 6 students. Students will explore clay in both handbuilding and wheel throwing projects – beginning with clay and ending with a fully functional piece of ceramics. The possibilities are limitless! Click here for details and how to sign up.
Further into the month of May, I will offer a 4 week class with a focus on “The Mug”. This class will take place on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm beginning May 17th. This class is for intermediate students (can center and pull a cylinder most of the time). Class size will not exceed 6 students. More details here.
If you are looking for instruction and these opportunities do not fit with your schedule, click over to my website where I list additional options for students of all ages, including an option for a private lesson.
Over the course of a few short winter months, I will have had the opportunity to work with 5th grade students in 3 different schools. Bringing artists into the classroom is rewarding for students, teachers and the greater community.
Using wet clay, the students are taught to create a three dimensional tile from a two dimensional format. Watching the students respond to the clay is always interesting. They have to think outside the box to solve problems involving spatial relationships, how to minimize details, how to reproduce a flat object into a three dimensional form and more. There is technique to learn when working with a new medium such as “score and slip”, coil rolling, incising and the proper way to build up the tile.
There is nothing better than experiencing the student who has the “ah ha!” moment as this one did with the tile pictured above. He struggled to create the perfect moment when the ball swished through the net. I’d say he was quite successful!
New Pottery is ready to go out to local galleries and be featured at events this fall season!
Here is a look at where my wheel-thrown hand-built pottery can be found and purchased:
Custom Art Framing/Gallery 9 located at 45 Central Street, Norwood
Dedham Square Artist Guild Cooperative Gallery located at 553 High Street, Dedham
Cristina Hurley Gallery located at 554 Washington Street, Canton
Westwood Land Trust – “Capturing Art in Nature” – Tuesday, October 22nd 6-8 PM
at the Westwood High School, Westwood, MA
Dedham Square Artist Guild/Artist Challenge: “Making Waves”
Exhibit remains up at the Dedham Community Theater through October 17th
Powisset Farm Pottery Sale – Saturday, November 9th
Potters Place Show and Sale – Friday, November 22nd – Sunday, November 24th
Powisset Farm Pottery Sale – Saturday, December 14th
The Dedham Square Artist Guild and the Dedham Community House have a partnership to get to know the artists through classes and workshops.
I have listed clay classes for kids/teens for this fall. Follow the link to sign up! http://www.dedhamcommunityhouse.org/programs.html
5 minutes of fame…
I was recently featured in a clay blog review for my posts on “Spinning Tops” as well as “Making Waves”. Here is the link:
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AND thank you to Dave Bradley for the beautiful photograph of my plates!
Happy Fall to all! Lisa
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