Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Octagon Jar

I love making these Octagon Jars - they can have so much personality and are really fun to make.  

Some of the teaching projects I do with my class are more challenging than others. This project was done with more advanced wheel throwers. It was a good lesson and demonstrated a lot of different skills needed off the wheel. They were each given a sheet of paper with an octagon as a starting point. Rolled Glabs for base and sides. Threw the collar and the lid on the wheel and assembled. 

The Octagon box is a mixed wheel and slab project.

Come join me for our next session of classes that start the week of March 12th!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Large Platters

Today's Advanced Wheel class was focused on making Large Platters. We talked about the multiple ways to get a big piece of clay into a flat pad - ready to become a platter or xl plate. 

Challenges were.....

  • getting the pad really compressed
  • keeping the wall thick enough so the rim doesn't end up paper thin
  • knowing when to stop

This was the demo piece that I did.  Started as an 10 lb ball of clay and is now a very big platter. The inside has been painted and carved to add some decoration to this big piece. It will now sit and dry out a bit- get the bottom trimmed up and then left to dry completely. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Thinking of SPRING - just pictures

Bridges Pottery Black Bird Pie Plates

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Getting Steamed - Additional Class Materials

As a student, I have always found that the more visual aids - the better. I have quite a good imagination, but I am a visual thinker so pictures and images work much better than words. I find that most of my students are the same way. They are working in a visual and tactile medium and demos and visual aids work really well.  I almost always have handouts for our projects - I feel that they should have a record and recipe for what we are doing. 

So my fantastic class of Advanced students have been working on a project that got a lot of questions. How does it work? how will it fit? Where does the water go? Is it big enough? How can I glaze it?. So here is a class accompaniment that works for both the visual and written word learners. BTW - it works beuatifully!

If you want to join in the fun in this class- you will need to sign up early as it's full this session. The next session starts March 1 so join in if you want - register through Haven Art, the studio where I teach (different than my own studio).

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