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.

Glazing Continued…

Here are some more amazing examples of my Pratt Saturday Art School students glazing their amazing objects.

In case you are wondering what our inspiration has been (not story books) we have been looking at some living artists including: Megan Bogonovich, Alyssa Ettinger, and many more. I like to bring living, practicing, local artists into the classroom, because I feel like it gives ceramics more serious context.


Here are some images from last week in Saturday Art School Ceramics. Not only did we have students on the wheel, but we were doing drop molds AND glazing. I am looking forward to getting back to SAS Ceramics this week after our short Spring Break.

Super Amazing Objects.

Each student had to draw and write a proposal to me before they were aloud to grab handfuls of squishy fresh clay. “You need to have a direction!” I stressed. I also explained that if, while working with the clay, they changed their mind, they could. All I wanted was for them to have a well thought out place to start their experimentation.

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