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updated sat 2 oct 99


Tim Stowell on wed 28 jan 98

I have been asked by a local college to put together a clay class for
primarily engineering students. the class will also fall under the
auspices of the materials science department, so testing of materials
will be involved. What I am looking for is advise on textbooks...I have
my own ideas, but, I thought some input from you all would be extremely
helpful. I have been teaching the Business of Art and Craft at another
local college for several years and have worked with individuals, but, I
have never taught clay to a class. Thanks for any advise.

PS. Wendy Rosens book is a great one to reccommend to anyone thinking of
making pots for a living - unpaid endorsement


Tim Stowell Gerard Stowell Pottery
Stacey Gerard 290 River Street Troy, NY 12180

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Dwiggins, Sandra (NCI) on fri 1 oct 99

Dear claybuds....
Last night I started teaching a class in handbuilding at a small art school in
Maryland. It was really so much fun! The group had their own IDEAS of what
they wanted to do, but no knowledge of the medium. Couldn't be a more fertile
ground for fun and frolic. So, I started them out just throwing out slabs and
then playing with textures and tools. They had a ball, I had a ball----it was
wonderful to see excited students all with very open minds. Now I'm teaching
advanced wheel throwers and handbuilding---an interesting contrast. It
occurred to me last night, as I watched these people just being able to create
stuff without having to go through the grueling hours of learning wheel
technique before putting any of your ideas into practice how very different
those experiences can be. It also occurred to me that if you set people free
and validate whatever idea they have, and give them the tools to bring those
ideas into fruition--whether good or bad ideas---that's the only way to make
their art really their own.

I'm having such a good time with this, I had to share it with you guys.

I'm slowly trying to make that transition from full-time day-job hack/part-time
clay artist to full-time clay artist and if necessary part-time job hack. It's
amazing what you can do when your kid goes off to college!