Serena throwing a pot on the wheel
Week three of the Berea Art Council art camp was a clay intensive workshop for local teenagers. These teens worked hands-on with clay on the potters wheel and hand sculpting. Some of the campers came in with experience, but for some this was a whole new experience. Either way, it was an amazing opportunity for everyone involved, not just the campers.
Morrigan stains a pot she has thrown.
The campers learned to throw clay on the potters wheel, and got to explore different shapes and techniques. They learned mugs first, and after getting a handle on those (haha), they moved on to bowls. The campers got to experience the entire process that potters go through when creating their pieces. After throwing the pieces, the teens painted their pots with a stain, creating their own patterns and designs. Once the pots dried, the campers assisted in glazing the pieces, and helped load them into the kiln for firing.
The campers working on their whistles
Mugs and bowls weren’t the only thing the teens worked on this week. They formed whistles out of clay, using only a small stick and their hands. They had to keep testing the sound and reworking the clay until a strong sound came from the hollowed out shape.
The Campers also got to explore the Ceramics collection of the Berea College Appalachian Center. The pieces in the collection are greatly varied, from local pieces to old African styles. The teens enjoyed the face jug the most, and seeing the evolution of ceramics at the college.
David painting an Empty Bowl
At the end of the week, before the parents arrived, the campers got to paint a bowl for the Empty Bowls Project held at the college every March. The project is to help raise money for the local food banks and pantries so they can provide to local families in need. For more information click here.
The end of the last day was the show. The campers got to explain and demonstrate the process to their families. The week proved to be successful as the campers became the teachers.