Portugal

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Inspiration for my Holiday 2017 Collection comes from my summer trip to Portugal.

 

Join me for the “first look” on Friday, November 17th 5:30-9PM at Potters Place opening reception for Holiday Show and Sale at 127 Old West Street, Walpole, MA.  Show continues Saturday, November 18th 9AM-8PM and Sunday, November 19th 10AM-4PM.  More information can be found at http://www.pottersplace.info

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5th grade tile project

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For the last few years, I’ve been accompanying my friend and fellow Potters Place potter, Susan Brum to elementary schools in Walpole to work on tiles with 5th grade students.  We work with the art teachers to help them realize their goal to have their students work with real clay.

IMG_9705Prior to our arrival, students have worked on a layout for their tile.  It is our job to teach them to transform their two dimensional drawing into a three dimensional tile.  We visit each school twice.  The first time, we instruct the students how to create their tile s. The second time we teach them how to use ceramic paints to add detail and finish off their pieces.

IMG_2045Sue and I hand cut all the tiles for the students from a low fire clay.  We make up slip and bring extra clay for each student.  All this prep work takes place at our pottery studio: Potters Place. When we arrive at the schools, we work with each student to help them think about how to translate their work to the tile.  We teach them to slip and score, roll coils, incise and add.  These subtractive and additive methods are the tools the students use.

These 5th graders are on their way to creating beautiful tiles that reflect their interests. Here are some of the results from today’s class at the Elm Street School:

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To find out more about Potters Place and how we share our love of clay with the community, click here.

Next week we paint! Stay tuned!

WORD, a Dedham Square Artist Guild Artist Challenge

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The Challenge:

“A picture is worth a thousand words”Is it? Show us! We are challenging all artists working in any medium to create new work with the theme “Word.” Will you translate common expressions such as “there are no words”… “I give you my word”…”word up”? Will you incorporate words into your work? Will you explore a world without words at all? We can’t wait to find out!

This Challenge is open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. This magnificent show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

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I decided to create a tile for this challenge. The piece has an indent on the back side for easy hanging. It can also be used as a trivet, or grouted and incorporated into a tile wall.

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My piece is entitled “Pause”. Letters are pressed into the surface of the clay… pause… reflect. welcome… change. The words are symbolic for both seasonal change and life change.

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Working out the composition and laying the under color.

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Laying down the second color grouping of paint

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Carving images of the sun or moon “reflecting” onto the water. Carving images of “changing” leaves to reference seasonal change. Enjoying the colors coming through and adding more paint for contrast.

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The image is glazed with a clear and the words are unglazed. The tile is ready to be fired in the kiln.

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Finished tile

October — November 2014 Challenge: WORD.  A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre
Opening Reception: Thursday October 2nd, 6pm to 8pm.  Exhibition Dates: October 2 to November 30

This piece may be purchased through the Dedham Square Artist Guild at www.dedhamguild.com

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!

Clay Class for Kids ~ Thanksgiving

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Clay Class for Kids ~ Thanksgiving

On November 4th, I hosted a clay class for kids at the Dedham Community House. The class was an hour long workshop designed to give kids, 1st through 5th grade, exposure to clay. They learn techniques and create a piece of pottery. There is always a literary or art component to my classes so kids can take away an art history lesson as well as a hands on experience.

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Having a theme is always fun and “Thanksgiving” is a great one! There is food, foliage, and many stories the kids want to share about their own Thanksgiving traditions. The kids start with a slab of clay to practice with. We talk about rolling coils for a frame. We talk about making impressions with objects such as leaves and stamps. We talk about attaching clay images to the tile by using the slip and score technique. We talk about carving into the clay.

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Once they have had time to play and try out the different techniques, I give them a fresh clay tile. We stop for a minute to talk about Thanksgiving. I teach them about Norman Rockwell and show them pictures of his famous holiday meal painting. We talk about the students’ holiday traditions and then they begin their project.

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Some of the students decide to make wall pockets with their tile, so we add holes. We let the clay dry a little and then the kids add color with paint.

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After class, I take the tiles home to my studio where they have ample time to dry.

I paint them with a clear glaze fire them in a kiln at Potters Place. Once finished, I added a couple of items for the students … an easel for display or a pretty ribbon for hanging before packaging them up for the students.

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I will be offering my next Clay Class for Kids on Monday, December 2nd. The theme will be “Animals”. The class takes place at the Dedham Community House from 3:15-4:15pm. The deadline to sign up is Friday, November 29th. Click here to register.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dedham Square Artist Guild Artists Offer Classes

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Dedham Square Artist Guild Artists Offer Classes

Here are options for clay classes offered by me:

If your child is interested in learning the basics of pottery, this class
is a great way to try it out. Each student will create a hand built item from about a pound of clay. Different dates will have different themes and teach new techniques.
The finished work will be left with the instructor to apply clear glaze and
fire it in a kiln. Families will be contacted when art is ready for pick
up.

Monday, October 7th 3:15-4:15 pm theme: Halloween
Monday, November 4th 3:15-4:15 pm theme: Thanksgiving
Monday, December 2nd 3:15-4:15 pm theme: Animals
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Clay Class ~ Commemorative Tile
Grades 5 – 8
7:00-8:00 PM

This class will explore self expression in the form of a commemorative
tile. Students will design their project, create a 3 dimensional sculptural
tile, add details with colorful underglaze paints, coat the tile with a
clear glaze and learn about the kiln firing process (instructor will kiln
fire the completed work and contact students when ready for pick up)

Thursday, October 17
Thursday, October 24
Thursday, October 31 (no class – it’s halloween!)
Thursday, November 7
Thursday, November 14

Registration for classes … follow the link to Dedham Community House

Elm Street School Comemmorative Tile Project – Part Three

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Elm Street School Comemmorative Tile Project – Part Three

The tiles have been clear glazed and fired in a low fire kiln at Potters Place. Next they head back to Elm Street School where they will be grouted and displayed on the wall for all to see. What a great project!

Click here for Part two and Part one.

Elm Street School Comemmorative Tile Project – Part Two

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Elm Street School Comemmorative Tile Project - Part Two

Today, the students at Elm Street School used under glaze paints to add color and detail to their clay tiles. These tiles will be glazed with a clear glaze and fired in a kiln at Potters Place. Parent volunteers are coming to our studio to help with the glazing. The whole school is really into giving the students this wonderful experience! Next will be the finished tiles that will be … stay tuned for part three…

Elm Street School Commemorative Tile Project – Part One

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Elm Street School Commemorative Tile Project - Part One

Potters Place is a not for profit school and cooperative studio. Our mission statement encourages member artists to look for ways to share their love of clay with the surrounding communities. Today, Sue Brum and I visited the Elm Street School and worked with eighty! 5th grade students, their teacher and parent volunteers. We demonstrated how to translate the students’ two-dimensional drawings into three dimensional clay tiles. The tile pictured is just one of the tiles the students created today while learning clay techniques. Next week, these tiles will be dry and ready to be painted by the students…. part two…

Commemorative Tiles ~ Art Education

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Commemorative Tiles ~ Art Education

Transitioning from elementary school to middle school can be an exciting and terrifying time. Intuitive art teachers have found that creating a commemorative piece allows a transitioning child to explore who they are before they move to middle school to increase self awareness and promote self esteem . By creating a piece in clay, students use multiple disciplines (their brains and their hands).

Susan Brum (Hog Wild Pottery) and I helped 5th grade students at the Boyden School in Walpole create these tiles (pictured) by providing them with a “wet clay” tile, teaching scratch and slip technique, and gently guiding them toward their goals. It was their art teacher who helped them develop their original sketches, will help them paint with colorful glazes and ultimately fire their pieces in their very own school kiln.

At Potters Place, my cooperative studio, we enjoy working with these teachers to help them reach the goals they have for their students. The commemorative tile project is something all 5th grade students can benefit from.