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!

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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.

 

Kids Clay

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“Art, like play, helps children to understand their world. But art goes beyond play, enabling them to express their personal experiences and fantasies in ways that are concrete and compelling, even when they are unable to articulate the events in words” Nancy Beal, The Art of Teaching Art to Children

Today is the last pottery class of the session I have with my elementary aged students. Here are a few of my favorite pieces to illustrate how they expressed themselves with the tools I taught them.

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pinch pot Jack O’Lantern

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Start with a pinch pot, pinch and pull it into something Halloween -y ~ guess who dressed up as a witch on a broomstick?!

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Have fun with coils and learn scratch and attach with slip

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Tiles from start to finish – tile cut slab, add/subtract clay, surface decoration

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Let’s make our favorite animals ~ walrus (make them hollow so they won’t blow up in the kiln!)

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What does winter mean to you ?This student used coils to make a christmas tree and added colorful presents.

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Functionality of pottery ~ a tray for cookies!

 

More art instruction ~ class- one day, class – multiple days

The Art of Wedging

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Wedging is a necessary part of wheel throwing.  Thank goodness I love it!

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A potter wedges clay by hand to force out trapped air, align clay particles and prepare for wheel throwing. Wedging is similar to kneading bread.

The techniques for wedging clay are called spiral (pictured above), Rams head (pictured below), and wire slab wedging.

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Rams head wedge

Rams head wedging is ideal for smaller amounts of clay and easy for small hands.  Larger amounts of clay are easier wedged using the spiral technique.

For those with wrist issues, like carpal tunnel. the wire slab technique is ideal.  Ceramics Daily has a great article with more information.  Click here.

Watching a demonstration is far more valuable then reading it, so I recommend watching these utube videos by master potters about wedging and preparing your clay: Bill van Gilder  and Simon Leach

 ******* Count to 100 with each ball of clay that you wedge 🙂 *******