Biomorphic Creations in Clay
January 10, 2017

Biomorphic Creations in Clay

Biomorphism is an art movement that began in the 20th century. It models artistic design elements on naturally occurring patterns or shapes reminiscent of nature and living organisms. Taken to its extreme, it attempts to force naturally occurring shapes onto functional devices. In ceramics, we see a great deal of this in both sculptural and functional […]

Creativity Exercises and Games with Clay
January 10, 2017

Creativity Exercises and Games with Clay

Creativity exercises and games are activities designed to quickly engage students with a new medium, skill, or concept. They are ideal for classroom teachers looking to energize lessons. I use them with students ranging from kindergarten through college, often as a warm-up, sometimes to mix things up mid-lesson, and sometimes as an enjoyable ending to […]

Pennsylvania-Dutch Hex-sign Bowls
January 10, 2017

Pennsylvania-Dutch Hex-sign Bowls

Back in June 1994, Arts & Activities published one of my lessons titled “Drape-Mold Bowls: Elegance in Black and White.” In that lesson I explained how you could help students create a symmetrical clay bowl using a plaster drape-mold. The students decorated their bowls with a black-and-white design based on Southwest Native American pottery. I […]

Serving Up Some Art on Clay Platters
September 13, 2016

Serving Up Some Art on Clay Platters

Because my students love clay, I feel fortunate to have a kiln. And, it is my understanding that, barring a disaster, it should last for my entire career. So I am “maxing it out” by doing as many fired clay projects as we possibly can from October to March. It is counterintuitive, but I have […]