I'm sorry, but I know potters who have spent many years learning their craft and
being comfortable knowing how to teach it and dare I say that they would be
offended to hear this. You can learn to teach low fire quick and dirty, maybe
even mid-range, but high fire is quite different and if this school happens to
have a good enough ceramics program to have a gas kiln (as our high schools
do), it requires expertise.
(former clay teacher--low/mid fire and I know my limitations)
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>Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2006 16:47:42 EDT
>Subject: [teacherartexchange] ceramics and no experience.
>To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
>In a message dated 7/7/2006 3:40:14 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>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
>risk and try to learn all I can about ceramics in the next few weeks...do 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
>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
>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
>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
>handouts that may help with evaluation and vocabulary. email me off this list
>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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