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Lesson Plans

Clay crit. (Bob Fromme)

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Brenda L. Bain 904-627-3442 (BAINB)
Tue, 01 Oct 1996 05:22:35 -0400 (EDT)

I am not a studio clay artist, but I had an entirely different
experience in my collage clay class. The professor had it structured where
the advanced students (2nd semester & above) were responsible for loading,
firing, and general upkeep on the kilns. They developed a system and a
schedule for the long nights of firing. They also developed glazes and
could pursue their particular clay interests (from kiln building to
creating crystilline glazes).
This professor celebrated the "ugly" pots. I didn't understand it
at the time, but he would walk into the studio and smile really big when
all the 1st semester shelves were filled with greenware of various
quality. He fiercely protected the 1st semester students from the more
advanced ones. Our critiques were very supportive and we participated in
demonstrations and exhibits of excellent quality.
Now that I teach clay to elementary students, I am beginning to
understand his affinity for the "ugly" first pots. They are sincere,
innocent, and enthusiastic. We fire everything unless we think it might
Clay is not an easy medium to excell in. Sometimes the process
must be celebrated, not the product.

Brenda Bain
Art Teacher
Quincy, Fl.