It’s that time of year again! Kids classes here at Botbyl Pottery are about to be in full swing! Last year, we began a new series of clay projects which highlighted a different ceramic culture and technique each day. Continuing on that theme, this year we will be featuring several different countries and continents. For 4 days we will handbuild, learning techniques such as coil- building, pinching, and slab- building. On Friday, each student will have a chance to make a piece or two on the potter’s wheel (always a highlight!)
Monday: Australia (aboriginal)
Wednesday: Southeastern United States (face jugs)
Thursday: TBA ( I am researching some European techniques currently)
Friday: Wheel- Throwing
Cost: $150/ student for a week long session. Sibling discount of $50 for each additional sibling.
Classes meet M-F from 9-11 am. at Botbyl Pottery and Companion Gallery, located behind Crown Winery.
For additional information please call Kelsey Nagy:
Will also offer a weeklong teen wheel throwing class upon request.
Parents are invited to participate with their child.
Come join us this summer! I am excited about these new projects and can’t wait to see the final products!
As an artist/creative person, one of the hardest things for me is dealing with the funk. The funk inevitably arrives much like an ill-timed writer’s block; hot on the heels of a creative spurt, and hindering the progress of what’s to come. At times like this, with blocks of clay taunting me to inactivity, the best thing for me to do is leave. Staring at large quantities of clay and hopelessly asking myself, “where to begin?,” is a surefire way to fall deeper into the funk. Allowing myself the freedom to come and go and not bind myself to a strict schedule is difficult for my routine-oriented self. Sometimes you need to be reminded that time in the studio is only a fraction of the total process. What I make is a direct reflection and compilation of all facets of my life.
So on Thursday, the day of My Great Funk, I left the studio. This is what I did
I went running on the trails with one of my best friends.
I worked on my reading, I always read several books of different genres simultaneously, this is my current list.
There is a corner of my living room entirely devoted to bisqueware, I lovingly call it my “Bisquegarten” (obviously it would be German). This is an ongoing project that received some much needed attention.
These are some pieces I glazed on Thursday. Glazing is a huge time commitment in my work, but I always relegate it to a side activity, almost a hobby. Reminding myself that this is an equally important and valuable aspect of my studio practice, despite it taking place in my living room rather than the actual studio is vital.
Each year at the studio (http://companiongallery.com/), we start January off with a look at the extensive mug collection of Eric Botbyl. It is a really neat thing to see mugs sprawling across the wall, and our students critiquing and imitating works of other potters from across the U.S. As the studio apprentice, I have seen this exercise performed several times and always look forward to the interesting results. This past week, I finally jumped on board. Having just finished a series of mugs in my usual (quasi boring/familiar) form, I decided to pick a mug to very loosely imitate.
Throwing in this vein opened up a whole new world for me. While not trying to directly emulate Sober’s mug, it was an exciting challenge to replicate it in a way that was my own. It was so relaxing and FUN to sit down and throw the same form to all different heights and widths. For the past few years, I have locked myself in to thinking that when throwing with a certain amount of clay, the results should always be the same: same height, same width, same squeaky clean surface. During this time of throwing, I tried to really relish the clay and leave some of the markings on the surface of the pot. Going forward in 2015, I am looking forward to testing out new and (slightly) more intuitive forms.
As I prepare to leave for Nashville and Tennessee Craft in 2 days (!) I am reminded of this time last year, and the sharp contrast to this Fall. Last year, I was frantically sanding, trying to get my booth finished in time. In between crying, carpentery, and removing wood stain from my face, I was packing for my first ever crafts fair. This Fall, I am preparing for my 3rd fair now, and feel slightly more prepared. Everything is built, sewn, bags are bought, and wrapping will commence tomorrow. I am excited about the changes in my work over the past year, and looking forward to displaying them this weekend!
I am really looking forward to Tennessee Craft this weekend, September 26-28 in Centennial Park, Nashville.
Come find me in Booth B16 just behind the concessions!
As our summer camps will begin here in just a few short weeks, I am excited to have a few new projects this year! This summer, each day we will dive in to a different ceramic culture, and create our own variations of Greek, Chinese, North American, and Japanese traditions. So here’s the rundown:
Monday: Japanese pottery, Jomon technique, rope impressions
Tuesday: Greek pottery, black and red sgraffito technique
Wednesday: North American, geometric designs created with a wax resist
Thursday: Chinese pottery, we will use animals to create parts of our pots, such as handles or spouts, zoomorphic
Friday: Each student will get a turn on the potter’s wheel
Each class is 1 week long. We meet M-F from 9 am- 11 am.
Cost is $150/ child for the week. This includes all the materials needed, and firings.
We offer a $50 discount for each additional child.
1 child = $150, 2 children = $250
I am very excited about getting our kids classes going again. We always have a lot of fun, and the kids come away with some great pieces!
For more information, please call:
Kelsey Nagy: (901) 482.5198