Potception

Potception

When I scanned my email yesterday at lunchtime, there was an announcement from the amazing potter Ayumi Horie about a fundraising campaign that she and a few other potters had launched to help Christa Assad - another ceramic artist who is a perennial student favorite, and who has inspired several sets of student work.  Assad recently broke … Continue reading

Te Adoro, Newness

Te Adoro, Newness

It’s early in a new semester, and my Ceramics I students are beginning to throw on the potter’s wheel. Fumbling hands dry out with friction, bodies rock back and forth with the pressure of two pounds of spinning clay.  In the first couple of days, a student or two manages to center with beginner’s luck, … Continue reading

Storytime, Redux

Storytime, Redux

This is a revision of an earlier post, in response to a prompt on the Haystack scholarship application: “Why do you want to take the workshop/s you have selected?”  My response space was 1000 characters; this is 1000 words. Some days in studio, I announce to my students that it’s ‘storytime’ – and we tell … Continue reading

2013 Highlights, Part 3: Risktaking

2013 Highlights, Part 3: Risktaking

One Friday during this past April, a group of my upper-level Ceramics students and I took boxes full of hand-made mugs to a local grocery store, set up tables outside the store, and tried to give away the mugs for a few hours. It wasn’t as easy as you’d think.  But then – the best … Continue reading

2013 Highlights, Part 2: Responsibility

2013 Highlights, Part 2: Responsibility

Seeing all the people there staring in awe at all the hand-made bowls was incredible. Although many had heard about or attended the event, they were all still so amazed at how the community had helped to create all these bowls. It hit me that the event hasn’t stopped. We should always be using our talents for … Continue reading

2013 Highlights, Part 1: Presenting

2013 Highlights, Part 1: Presenting

I often get low around the new year.  Perhaps, like every media outlet in the world, I spend too much time looking back and not enough time looking forward.  When I look back on a year, I tend to focus on missed opportunities, mistakes, not-quite-good-enough moments.    It’s a glass-half-empty approach that isn’t consistent with … Continue reading

Hard Work and Heartache

Hard Work and Heartache

The pace has been two or three kiln firings each day this week, the last week before winter break and less than a week before student work goes on display for the twice-yearly art show. One kiln quit reaching bisque temperature mid-week. When I reached inside to remove work that had only gotten to about … Continue reading

Making Together

Making Together

Yesterday was my idea of a perfect Saturday. I arrived at the studio early, and spent a couple of hours by myself, mixing glazes, recycling clay, loading and unloading kilns, and puttering around the space.  I finished one audiobook on my headphones, and started another. Then my friend Jon arrived, and we spent a few … Continue reading

Big Projects, Small Changes

Big Projects, Small Changes

My latest post over at ALT/SPACE. I’m posting this in the midst of twelve-hour days, seven-day weeks, and not much breathing room.  So be it.  There are still a lot of good things to celebrate. Be faithful in small things, because it is in them that your strength lies.  -Mother Teresa

Sparkle and Kick

Sparkle and Kick

My friend Joe told me a story recently about sparkles. He was sitting on a tree trunk that extended into the stream at a nearby nature preserve where we sometimes hike.  On this sunny morning, he was relaxed, loosening his mind and listening to the soft trickle of water over stones and the fall breeze. … Continue reading

For my friend, the maker

For my friend, the maker

This post is for my friend Jared Ward. Jared is fascinating.  He’s a potter and a ceramics teacher who transitioned to the world of Educational Technology a few years ago.  We collaborated on a presentation at NCECA last year – working back and forth across the country, from Utah to Pennsylvania, to put some form … Continue reading

Advocacy and Evolution

Advocacy and Evolution

This reflection was posted at FLOW Project, a blog my students and I have been keeping to record our experience preparing and sharing an installation at Harvard’s Arts in Education Continuing the Conversation Conference this October. “What if a math teacher had to advocate as much, or as hard, for the math program as we … Continue reading