Dave Finkelnburg on tue 18 nov 03
No, you are not being too pushy. You need to visit with Lee Burningham
at Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah. He has his students mixing
the glazes for the school's clay studio. For the past two school sessions
he has invited me in to teach a two-day "Fundamentals of Glaze Making"
class. These sessions have gone over well. They are serious glaze
workshops. We cover raw materials, make test buttons and fire them, mix
sample glazes (glossy, matt, high-boron, high calcium, etc) and fire them,
test the glazes for application and settling overnight, talk about glaze
chemistry and the Seger or Unity Molecular Formula. The kids eat it up!
The major complaint from the first session was that the kids wanted to learn
more about calculating the Seger formula!
What I have gotten out of these sessions is a huge reminder of how
capable young learners are. They can do so much if we adults don't get in
their way. There are no limits on what young students are capable of
Dave Finkelnburg in Idaho
----- Original Message -----
From: "Weiland, Jeff"
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 3:27 PM
.... My question is this: do any of you know of any other high schools doing
their own glaze mixing? My first teaching job was in Texas where I had kids
as young as four and five years old throwing mug-size works. Their is no
reason why our schools cannot get with the program. Am I being too pushy?
I don't think so!!!
Weiland, Jeff on tue 18 nov 03
I teach at a high school in central Indiana and have a question for the =
group. My art classes include three semesters of ceramics and an =
independent study possibility. Because of the high cost of pre-mixed =
glazes and wanting students to be involved in the entire ceramics =
process, I have my students mix and test glazes from recipes found in a =
variety of sources including books, magazines, and the internet. I =
include a teaching unit covering the basic components of glazes and how =
to adjust the melt with trial-and-error results. Over the past ten to =
twelve years, we have come up with a buffet of twenty +/- glazes that =
work for us. My question is this: do any of you know of any other high =
schools doing their own glaze mixing? My first teaching job was in =
Texas where I had kids as young as four and five years old throwing =
mug-size works. Their is no reason why our schools cannot get with the =
program. Am I being too pushy? I don't think so!!!
Greenfield-Central High School
Simona Drentea on wed 19 nov 03
Wow, it would've been so cool to have this when I was in HS!
Simona in Colorado (under new email for clayart)
<< Their is no reason why our schools cannot get with the program. Am I
being too pushy? I don't think so!!!