FAQ

Can you combine the hands-on and the Potter’s Wheel Demonstration programs in one day?

I prefer not to. The set-up for each program is very different, as is the focus. However it has been done.

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Do you write the grants?

I have received many grants and usually it is the Principal, or art coordinator’s responsibility to actually write it. I will supply you with necessary supplemental material and program content. I have previous grants that can be used as a reference. Grants are not hard to write, but you must be very precise. I have a great track record on receiving grants.

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How long are staff development workshops?

A minimum of 3 hours to a full day. It depends on the focus and needs of the teachers. I.e. hands -on, lecture slides, technical, demonstrations and needs of the staff. I will send you a syllabus.

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How do you figure out the cost?

The cost is contingent on the amount of students and how many classes you have in a grade. Materials and outside firings are additional. I offer some creative funding/grant options as well. Call to discuss.

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What preparation or requirements do you need?

I like to create a working artist’s studio environment in the classroom.  I bring samples of actual finished work, posters, and visuals. Students love them. I work on a very large scale on and off the potter’s wheel, making it easy for everyone to see. Available counter space is an advantage.

  • 2-3 tables to work on are essential.

  • I usually rearrange the art room to allow for a semi-circle of chairs.

  • Protection: I will bring paper to cover the tables and floors if necessary.

  • Preferable if the room has a sink or access to water.

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How much space do you need?

Other than large assemblies I can usually teach in the art room or multipurpose space.

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Do you supply all the materials?

Yes, I generally do and prefer it that way. Sometimes a school offers their clay and I arrive only to find out that the clay they have is old and dried out and totally unworkable. The clay that I provide allows for a successful experience.

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Do all the days have to be scheduled consecutively?

No. I can leave my equipment over night and set up very easily in the following days.

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If we don’t have a kiln can we do hands on program?

Yes, we use air dried, non-toxic, paintable clay that dries to a reasonably hard surface. The pieces, however, are not utilitarian/functional. However, it allows the student a taste of working in real clay without the time, process, and expense of firing and glazing. Most elementary schools work this way. Air dried clay costs a little more but saves in glazing a firing a teacher’s labor.

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You can do a maximum of five 45- minute sessions a day. What if we have 6 classes?

If you can combine two classes and manage the extra group without going into a second day, it will only add a minimal additional cost and make the program more cost effective as well.

This option is dependent on space in the room that comfortably allows two groups at once. The program will not have the same level of intimacy as the smaller program, but can certainly accommodate a larger group as necessary. Usually the art teacher will assist.

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What do most schools do?

Most schools enjoy the intimacy of 15 – 27 students in a 45 – 60 minute period—preferred are 4 sessions/day with an extended class time of an hour or more. The extended periods are preferable for many reasons. It allows me to accomplish so much more with the students. Most schools now grant that additional time.

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How many multicultural potter’s wheel sessions can you teach in a day?

From 4 – 5, forty-five minute sessions /day. I can also teach larger combined class groups or assemblies, up to 120 students only for the potter’s wheel demo program. Typically larger session require more time (minimum one hour.) Assemblies are more cost effective.

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Can students participate in the Multicultural potter’s wheel program?

Yes, depending on the class time and size of the group students can actually come up the wheel and work on a group piece, and experience the clay spinning through their hands. A discussion of their experiences follows. Students like this engagement.

Optional collaborative event: The students can participate in a signature vessel. All the students come up and sign and decorate the vessel using culturally specific imagery. This will be accomplished using scraffito techniques taught during the session.

If you do not have a kiln I typically finish the piece in my studio and provide it for later viewing. This gives students a feel for what it is like to draw in clay using symbols and patterns. I.e. hieroglyphics
This program is an additional cost.

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How many students can you teach at a time?

Hands-On programs 18 – 25 is a normal class size (preferred 60 minute per class)
Multi-cultural Potter’s Wheel Demonstration program – single classes or Assembly type situation double or tripled combined classes (60 – 90 students). This is not a program where each student creates a piece like the hands on program but can have a collaborative event that can dual as a fundraiser.

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