Clay is one of our favorite materials to work with and we are very excited about this project! We are making hot cocoa cups using texture and a paper template. Decorated with bright candy colors we can't wait to use this pottery. Also, we are going to sell some cups at our February PTA meeting!
We are celebrating Black History Month! This project is special- we begin by reading Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier. This book is a great introduction to an important figure in art history as well as the basic techniques of ceramic artworks, specifically functional pottery.
Dave was an enslaved potter working in South Carolina between 1820-1860. His work still stands with beautifully inscribed poems and signatures. The book describes each pot storing something special, similarly students are consider something special they would like their vessel to contain. We are making traditional coil pots in unique forms.
Hello from the studio at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School! My name is Jillian Luse and I work with emerging artists in kindergarten through fifth grade. This is our online gallery, a space to share what we learn and create.