Adult Pottery

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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.

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Summer Pottery

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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.

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Ben’s pinch pot dinosaur

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Mairead’s pinch pot turtle

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Brianna’s coil pot

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“Create your own” utilizing pinch pots and coil

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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!

Teaching at Potters Place

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I’m excited to offer instruction to adult students this spring at Potters Place, my cooperative studio located in Walpole, Massachusetts.  Details here.

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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.

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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.

 

Art in School

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Art in School

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.  IMG_9709

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.

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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!

Kids Clay – Monday, March 10th – 3:30 – 4:30pm

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Kids Clay – Monday, March 10 – 3:30-4:30

My Kids Clay class is a wonderful way for kids to explore.

Working with your hands and experiencing art in any medium is a chance to learn another way to solve a problem.

Dedham Community House classes have been created to meet the Dedham Square Artist Guild artists. As one of these artists, I have the opportunity to instruct clay to all ages. Classes can be set up on request. I’d love to hear from you and can be reached through the Dedham Square Artist Guild at www.dedhamguid.com.

Here is a look at a clay class at the Dedham Community House:

https://lisawbwalker.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/clay-class-for-kids-thanksgiving/

https://lisawbwalker.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/clay-class-for-kids-halloween/

Register for my NEXT CLASS by Friday, March 7th by clicking here.

NEXT Clay Class for Kids is Monday, January 27th at 3:30 – last day to register is Friday, January 24th

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Kids Clay Class is Monday, January 27th - last day to register is Friday, January 24th

The Dedham Square Artist Guild has teamed up with the Dedham Community House to offer art classes. My next Clay Class for Kids is Monday, January 27th – last day to register is Friday, January 24th.

Clay Class for Kids (first grade and older) will be a “Valentine’s Day” themed class. Last year I taught my students to create a pinch pot that they decorated, some made heart shaped bowls. There was also an opportunity to make a flat tile so that students could play with surface elements like stamping and adding clay elements. Using non-toxic red and white paint, students decorated their work.

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For this year’s class, we may try something different.

I clear coat the students works of art and fire them in a kiln (at Potters Place, my cooperative studio in Walpole). Finished artwork will be available toward the end of February at the Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery, 553 High Street in Dedham Square.

I am hosting additional clay classes and those are listed on my website.

Lisa W B Walker Fall Newsletter

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Lisa W B Walker Fall Newsletter

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:

Galleries:
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

Exhibits:
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

Events:
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

Classes:
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:
http://www.potterymakinginfo.com/news/clay-blog-review-september-2013/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=clay-blog-review-september-2013
(follow me at http://www.lisawbwalker.wordpress.com)

AND thank you to Dave Bradley for the beautiful photograph of my plates!
Happy Fall to all! Lisa

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Any updates or additional information can be found on my website http://www.lisawbwalker.com as well as listed on the sidebar of this blog.

Winter Scenes – Adult Workshop (Part Two)

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Winter Scenes – Adult Workshop (Part Two)

Out of the bisque fire and ready to be glazed for the final firing. Looking lovely! Part three will have pictures of finished work.

In a collaboration between Dedham Square Artist Guild and DCH, artist members host classes and share their skills with Dedham residents.

Winter Scenes – Adult Workshop (Part One)

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Winter Scenes - Adult Workshop (Part One)

Tree branches, pine cones, stamps and colored slip – all materials used in my Winter Scenes Clay Workshop that took place at Dedham Community House last night. In a collaboration between Dedham Square Artist Guild and DCH, artist members host classes and share their skills with Dedham residents. My class was action packed: painting, rolling, stamping and throwing the clay! to manipulate the surface. Students enjoyed the process and created a beautiful one of a kind functional piece … more pictures in part two…

Winter Scenes with Clay Workshop

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Winter Scenes with Clay Workshop

Sign up Today for my Winter Scenes with Clay Workshop taking place on Thursday, February 28th from 6:30-8PM at the Dedham Community House.

Explore surface decoration in clay using textures and stamps with hand drawn elements using colored slip. Students will work with a slab of high fire clay to create images, their favorite can be molded into a functional piece. I will finish the pieces with a clear glaze and have them available for pick-up at the Dedham Square Artists Guild. Ages 18 and up.

This photo detail is an example of what students will work on. I created this dish with real shells, sea~glass as stamp, and hand drawn fish. In the winter scenes workshop, stamps will reflect the season.