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.
“Flowers”: a summer collection installed at the Dedham Square Artist Guild located in historic Dedham Square, Dedham, MA
In the summer months, I enjoy working with low fire clay. A lower firing temperature allows me to utilize brighter colors that can “burn out” when the temperature in a ceramics kiln is higher. I began creating my “Flowers” collection while working on my summer art classes curricula.
I spent time at my local library, pouring over books to come up with new and exciting ideas for my students and found myself interested in learning more about certain flowers.
Vessels were hand built and ready for surface decoration. Slips, textures, carving and underglaze ceramic paints were used to create imagery; low fire glazes completed the vision.
“Flowers” can be functional for bouquets in water, food for a party; or, individual pieces can be hung on a wall or displayed on a tabletop. My ceramics are meant to be picked up and explored. Textured surfaces to the finger tip are a delight. Three dimensional art begs to be touched, picked up and interacted with. Ceramics is functional art.
Please visit the Dedham Square Artist Guild to purchase a piece from “Flowers”. Each piece is one of a kind. The collection is small but varied. Each piece stands alone but works well together. “Flowers” is perfect for the collector and just right for a wedding gift.
This Saturday, I will be selling my functional handmade pottery alongside Susan Brum of Hog Wild Pottery at the lovely Powisset Farm. We will be set up in the Powisset Farm barn… you can’t miss it when you turn off at 37 Powisset Road in Dover, MA. The big barn door opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM.
In the barn, CSA members will be collecting their vegetable shares; visitors to the farm may purchase local produce in the farm stand. This week there are local apples and the first of the fall choices: acorn squash! The two together will made a delicious meal. The farm stand also includes local honey, breads, cheese, welsh cakes, and hand towels by Lucy Two Shoes – just to name a few. There is a freezer filled with pork, chicken and meats all locally sourced. Crescent Ridge milk and ice cream plus local farm eggs are welcome additions.
Two piece bowl and platter by Hog Wild Pottery
Dark blue prelude mugs by Lisa WB Walker
The farm to table approach to living is simple and easy when you have a farm like Powisset where the farmers are friendly, the food is local and varied by season, and the community is cherished. Pottery is the handmade “ingredient” that holds your food and makes your experience complete. One of a kind, user friendly, created within 5 miles of the food that will go on it and in it: that’s farm to table.
It is always a great day when we sell pottery at the farm! See you Saturday!
Fall Pottery SALE at Powisset Farm This Saturday, September 28th from 10-1 at the farm stand, 37 Powisset Street, Dover, MA.
There is nothing I like better then to spend the day at the farm interacting with customers, talking about my functional pottery, enjoying the peacefulness of the environment.
Last weekend, the Fall Festival at Powisset Farm was rained out… so sad; however, the farm crew said a pottery sale this weekend in the barn would be AOK with them! As a shareholder I visit the farm each week (as chronicled in my weekly blog posts about food and pottery) .
Here are some of the pieces I’ll have with me at Saturday’s sale…
AND SO MUCH MORE!
Stop by and say hello. We can talk about the farm to table connection that is best with handmade pottery.
“The beautiful thing about handmade pots is that they each have a unique story. Interactions between the potter and the pot are recorded in every detail. Process markings then become modes of communication between the maker and the user. I believe that in using handmade wares, we become more in tune with the significance of human interaction.” Jennifer Allen, ceramic artist. This quote is from a recent blog post called “Discovering a Favorite” Objective Clay