The Wonderful World of Ceramics (Part 1)

This past Saturday was our second to last day of ceramics at Pratt Institute’s Saturday Art School. After my experience last semester where several pieces of student art work not being fired in time for our final show, I decided that the second to last week we would already be done with glazing and that I would bring in a mix of medias for my students, instead of having people glazing up until the last minute, and risk not having everything ready for our final show. So the week before this one I had each student glaze all of their work, every last piece, no matter what. So most everything was out of the kiln this week and had been through it’s second firing. It was a pleasant surprise to see that the studio technicians had prioritized our work. Considering there are also ceramics graduate students sharing the same studio, this was very nice of them.

I came equipped with two glue guns: one for me, one for my 15 year old assistant. I also brought, a bunch of paper scraps, pipe cleaners, acrylic model paint, pom-poms, feathers, and a big bag of multi-colored plastic beads. Each student could pick up to 3 of their finished pieces to decorate. They were encouraged to plan before they brought me things to hot-glue to their work, and also we took a moment to look at a few mixed media artists including Paul Klee’s puppets, which I love. I also provided white Elmer’s glue in case they wanted to do the gluing themselves.

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