A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching three 5th grade art classes at Smithfield Elementary on how to make a hanging wall vase. Each student had their own style with some very minimal texturing of the slabs and others went all out and stamped like crazy. I was amazed by some of the students that had an obvious artistic talent. I few days ago I received photos of the finished product. I hope the students enjoyed the day as much as I did.
The teacher Sarah Lindberg has my total respect as I watched her teach three first grade classes while I rolled out slabs each day, then she helped me with the 5th grade classes.
Last week I glazed pieces for three galleries. In addition I made a few pieces for my show stock. These three vases along with many other nice pieces will be taken to the Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Festival on May 14th.
Today I started an order from a new gallery on Ocracoke Island. At the end of May the Village Craftsmen will start to carry my pottery. They have ordered a great selection of my pieces. In a few weeks I will be glazing orders for 3 galleries. I am glad to be busy.
Next week I will be teaching a local fifth grade art class. I will be there 4 days for 4 different classes. So, in 50 minutes each class I have to teach a slab project on making a hanging wall vase. I will go in early to roll out slabs for the students. This was set up through our local pottery guild (Carolina Clay Matters) as a way of helping out local schools to teach clay to their students. What I found interesting is that every school in our district has a kiln and some don't even get used because the art teachers may not even know how to fire the kiln. Check back in a few weeks to hear about my experience.
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