Pottery class

For 2 years so far, we have invited local Pender potter Nancy Silo to teach pottery to our Spring Leaves group.  She has successfully been able to integrate the abilities of a large age range with the projects of  slab construction bowls, and with creating tiles.  Both times, Nancy has taken us through the careful steps of working with the clay in such precise ways so that our pieces will make it through the drying and firing process in the kiln.  Everyone was given glazing choices, which made each piece very unique.  We worked with coating the undersides of the bowls and tiles with wax so that the glazes will keep the kiln clean, and we experimented with the possibilities of design and sculpture.  The children treated all the tools and the clay with such respect and careful attention, knowing that they were working on real pieces that would be usable and valued.  The tiles were made in April, in celebration of Earth Day.  Nancy’s idea was that we would decorate our tiles as a tribute to the environment, so our tables were piled with such treasures as leaves, feathers, shells, twigs, and anything else we could make a print with.  On Earth Day, when our tiles were finished, Nancy displayed them at the Farmers Market as an example of many small masterpieces making one whole, or, the collaborative efforts of individuals.  We hope that Nancy will be able to continue her participation with our group, bringing more inspiring creative opportunities using the rich textural qualities of clay.

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