The Clay Teacher is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Here I talk about being The Clay Teacher, my life as a teacher and a potter. I talk about our business, family, friends and the teachers and students we meet. I show my and their work. We are passionate about getting clay in the hands of as many kids as we can.
Our websites are theclayteacher.com, funclayprojects.com, outofthefirestudio.com, and howtomakepottery.com
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The start of year two.
There is a rumour that we, The Clay Teacher, have been telling people we are Clay for Kids and that we have been using their materials. We have never said we are Clay for Kids and we have nothing that belongs to them! Before anyone believes everything they read on the internet they might want to get to the truth. Look at both companies, look at both web sites, talk to both sides, ask a few questions and form their own opinion.
I started playing with clay as a child, made my first pot when I was 12 on the potter’s wheel, worked and studied at that young age and started teaching adult night classes when I was 18. I have taught all ages from preschool to seniors for decades. In 1999 I became a production potter. My husband and I built our pottery business up to a studio that had almost 50 retail clients and we were producing about 10 tons of clay a year. It was hard work and now we have moved on to The Clay Teacher. We are potters, artists and teachers. Please check out our website http://www.outofthefirestudio.com/ and for a look at some of our art, please see our gallery page http://www.outofthefirestudio.com/photo_gallery.html .
Teachers who want to hire an artist to teach art to their students should consider The Clay Teacher. Again, check out the instructors available, their qualifications and clay experience, then choose the instructor that they feel is most qualified. We think they will choose The Clay Teacher for their clay education workshops.
Year number two as The Clay Teacher is well under way. We have a number of bookings and we are looking forward to a new year. This fall we are excited about our new air dry method. The projects are constructed and finished in a way that the finished product is both sturdy and water resistant. I ran a project through the rinse cycle of the dishwasher and it came out fine. It looked the same coming out as going in. The pictures taken for the website were taken AFTER it came out of the dishwasher. Don’t get me wrong, we are in no way recommending dishwasher safe for this method, but it just goes to show that end product will stand up for years as a decoration. This method offers a number of advantages to the teacher. First is price, it is $1.50 less per child. The actual workshop where we come in and the student works with the clay remains unchanged, but the project never leaves the classroom or the art room. This gives the teacher control over the timing of the finished project and the student is more connected to what they have made. They see and learn the drying process, how the clay changes from wet to dry and how it is controlled. After a week or so depending on the project, they are finished and ready to go home. There are no more weeks to wait, possible damage in travel and the student doesn’t for get about what he or she has made. We provide all the information required to finish each project, we are available if anyone has any questions and we provide key elements of the process. The teacher provides the paint.
The post below this one has pictures of the little white plate that made the run through the dishwasher.