I have found that learning is a two way street, it is full of give and take. You give when you teach but you also bring back nuggets from the students.
My first couple of days with the students are off to a good start.
I had time to sit down with them and talk, evaluate skills and set goals for the summer.
I have two working on their dinnerware sets.
I ask them to come up with 3 plates, 2 eating bowls and 2 vessels for drinking.
We are well on our way through small plates.
I have an independent for the summer who is there to develop skills, he is a fast learner who is working on taking a cylinder to another level. We are working on form, function and moving the clay up.
Clay is such an individual beast for us all.
I let them all know I am there for skills, what you do with it after is up to you.
It is a long, but, so far, rewarding day.
It is interesting to come in around 5 and ask," how was your day?"
We don't have any contact from the time I leave until I am coming home.
The drive there and back leaves me time for reflection and slow drivers.
As a production pottery I well remember the struggle that it took to become more prolific in my throwing, there is a point that you just do it without thought. I find that showing the students is the easiest way to talk them through the process of how to achieve the end result.
The school clay is a well formed body that throws nicely. It is a far cry from our days there with the clay of the day. This stuff is creamy and smooth. I am planning to throw a bit each week while I am there so that the students learn just from watching. This was something Mark and I would do with the older potters in the area.
When we were working on a shape or item there were times would would just go find a quiet corner in the potter's work area and watch.
Time to move on-there are things to do.