Category Archives: Clay

Pete Pinnell – Transcending the Naked Truth

Not doing a great job following through with my intentions to post on the things that make ceramics and pottery in particular things worth saving in schools, but I suppose I have a few too many irons in the fire … Continue reading

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Passionate teaching

Just read a blog essay that describes a teacher’s experience critiquing students, and it brought to mind some issues I have been thinking about lately. So in a brief departure from my adventures with Saving Ceramics in Schools, here are … Continue reading

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Share your thoughts on why clay matters

So last post I ended by inviting folks to share why they thought clay specifically was important to the experience of arts education and why clay art offered something unique and worth encouraging. Scott chimed in with: In a word, … Continue reading

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Navigating the wilderness, Ceramics style

A few days ago a facebook friend posted a few thoughts on how depression and sadness can seem like a wilderness: There is no map, and even if we know some of what we are likely to face (sadness, loss … Continue reading

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On teaching pottery

A friend just asked what I consider to be the ingredients to a successful class. With a cup of coffee before my breakfast to bolster me this is what I came up with: Let me see…. Back in my early … Continue reading

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Repost: What Ron Meyers said

It seems my last essay fell utterly flat, DOA to your computer screens…. Thankfully I was just made aware of another post I ran almost exactly four years ago that said many of the same things, but perhaps more interestingly. … Continue reading

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The potter as midwife

It may be hard (if not impossible) to get back to unselfconscious pot making, unless you are still a child in the world, but the lesson has to be not simply how it was made but what unpretentious and uncontrived … Continue reading

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