School District 83's Annual Art Fair in March was an opportunity for grades 4 to 7 students to work with local artists and crafters. This year's event saw a lot of fishy clay creations in my booth and proud budding artists. Being held in a busy mall adds to the excitement as adult passerby's admiration gives encouragement to the students . The children were always polite and appreciative and full of surprises making it a pleasure to work with them.
Thanks to the other presenters and especially the teachers for their good work and organization.
This is a reprint of an earlier Blog for those who are new or may have missed it. I wrote the original article to encourage adults and children to explore pottery making from the ground up and at home with local materials. Most children already know how to play with mud and it's the adults who need to remember the joys of water, mud and fire and realize it is all free for the digging and burning and with your time. Clay is an entirely different social medium and can be found everywhere or at your local potter. Campfire Pottery - for Children of all ages
Earth, air, fire, water, and imagination are the ingredients. Simply shape a clay mix - let it dry, and paint it as is or “fire” it first to red heat in an outdoor fire or fireplace to transform raw clay back into rock. Adult supervision recommended for firing.Earth: Clay is finely ground earth. A mixture of clay and filler such as sand and or sawdust/straw etc. will dry and fire more easily than pure clay. To make a "pinch po…
This video was made in 2004 when I had just begun decorating with "Celtic Knots". I was still using my old Pacifica wheel back then and using larger loop tools. Each decoration is unique and reflects years of practice and my present mood and what music may be playing in the studio or my head.