Rainbow Shaped Handle
Calling all teacher!
I so empathize with your challenge of teaching your ceramic classes online right now. I taught at University of North Dakota for 3 years as a graduate students, and then I taught 4 years at Hood College as an adjunct professor. I do not envy your transition to online teaching.
If there is a way I can help with creating a mini workshop like this one, or maybe a zoom call into your class for your students to hear from a professional artists please reach out.
Keep up the hard work!
How to make a bud vase and get creative with the design.
Teaching this bud vase workshop live on Clay Buddies Facebook page failed due technical difficulties... but I went ahead and filmed the workshop. Feel free to reach out questions you may have asked if this were a live workshop.
Behind the scenes funny story...
I was brainstorming a way to prop up my phone for the video while still having my phone plugged into my phone charger. After trying a few different ways of propping up my phone I had a "aha" moment of toilet paper.
Toilet paper to the rescue! It worked really well to have my phone cord run up through the whole.
Enjoy the video! And check out other behind the scenes stories.
Clay Buddies Workshop Week:
Calling all ceramic teachers, did you hear that Clay Buddies is putting on an entire week of free live clay workshops! This is a great opportunity for you to create a assignment based off of these free live workshops. Clay buddies is a group created on facebook for clay artists to share their ideas and work.
Bonus, they will be re-sharing the workshops on the Clay Buddies Youtube Channel if you are unable to see the workshops live on Facebook. The topics being covered by these workshops are diverse ranging from throwing skills, surface decorations, handles and lids, glaze work, and so much more.
See me, Lisa York, live on the Clay Buddies facebook page Tuesday, March 23rd 9pm to 10pm (CDT).
Thrown Oblong/Squashed Vases
A great ceramic assignment: throw a specific form in increments of 1/4 or 1/2 pounds. This helps you hone in on what clay weight is ideal for a form you have in mind. I am sharing an example of oblong vases.
Weights of pieces below: 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.5, 1.75, 2, 2.5, 2.75, and 3 pounds balls of clay.
It's important to make observations of what the shape looked like pre-squishing if you would like to create that shape again. Look at a few of the examples provided below.
Note: that sizes vary based on amount of clay used, how wide the base is, and how narrow the top is. I personally like having the variety of the shapes. If you wanted to see how the size changed just by the weight you could standardize how wide the top and bottoms were with a pair of calipers.
Ps. I have some of these finished vases for sale in my Etsy store.
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