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[teacherartexchange] ceramics and no experience.


Date: Fri Jul 07 2006 - 13:47:42 PDT

In a message dated 7/7/2006 3:40:14 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:
years...possibly on a cart for all three years. If I stay at my current job
in the charter school, I can leave at any time, which means I could try
applying to schools again next year to see if something pans out. OR, I
take this
risk and try to learn all I can about ceramics in the next few my
best for one year and try to see if I can teach a different curriculum the
following year. Who knows, I might end up loving ceramics.

My stomach is in knots.
Take the job! All the pro's well overweigh the cons. I was in the same
position 4 years ago. I took a class one night a week at an at center near my
home. All the former knowledge I had from my university class started to come to
mind. I was perhaps one lesson ahead of the kids. I taught what I learned the
week before. After a year, I felt like I could go it on my own. There
aren't a lot of intricate processes with beginner clay and creating new forms or
combining several techniques in one form to make creative piece is the fun

For beginner clay, you definitely need to know how to coil, slab, pinch,
create a hollow form, plus secure joining and refining clay surfaces and
throwing on a wheel. (I took a workshop for 6 weeks).You could easily learn these
and the rest is a lot of common sense. As always, practice makes perfect. Oh
yes, learn how to fire your kiln. I was terrified the first few times, also
made blunders but survived. I even scorched my gloves on the kiln and almost
set off the sprinkler system. Glazes are a different story. You can use
commercial glazes until you learn more about glaze properties. I have a few class
handouts that may help with evaluation and vocabulary. email me off this list
for them.
Ceramics is my most highly enrolled class. We had to add four more sections
this year and hire our middle school part-time teacher to full time to take my

Marsh in Orlando

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