Posts Tagged ‘atlanta’
Bohemian Guitars visited to show us their custom-made oil can- and lunchbox-bodied guitars on this chilly evening. We are creating the surface design for multiple guitars that will be auctioned off to support music education programs. Check out more Bohemian Guitars at http://www.bohemianguitars.com/.
Tuesday Studio Night returned to Straw Hat Press to complete our printmaking project. We used dry point to put additional details on our line-etched plates. We learned how to ink, wipe, and print plates. Since we made multiple prints, we added different watercolor designs to some of them!
Monday Night Studio created batik designs on fabric using wax resists and colored dyes. We learned about the history and tradition of batik work in Indonesia. (Watch a UNESCO video about the process here.) Thanks to the van Erk family for letting us borrow a hotplate!
On Thursday, November 21st, One Love Generation will be hosting an Empty Bowls dinner at the Goat Farm Arts Center to raise money and awareness for Project Open Hand. For $5, guests to the Empty Bowls dinner can have a bowl of soup and select a ceramic bowl handmade by a teen artist. In order to get ready for the dinner, Monday and Tuesday Studio Nights have been on a four-week excursion to MudFire Studios in Decatur. MudFire is a ceramics studio that donated their time and facilities to help us make over 120 bowls for our dinner event.
Monday Studio Night students learned about hand-building – pinch pots, flat coils, and slab building. Each process uses the hands to shape and form the bowls, with a little help from a rib tool or a bowl mold. Tuesday Studio Night students practiced their hand at wheel throwing and hand-building. Working on the wheel was “harder than I thought” at first, according to Brady Moreland, 17, but “once I got the hang of it, it was really fun”.
Everyone used underglazes to add color to their white earthenware vessels. When the clay was leather hard, students practiced the “sgraffito” method, where they used sharp tools to scrape the surface of the bowl away, revealing the white clay underneath. Sharon Moran, 16, “liked making bowls in many shapes and sizes” and meeting all of the “really cool people” at MudFire. Indeed, the bowls are small, large, tall, and short. Some have feet, and others are faces. There’s a good chance that if you come to the dinner, you will find a unique bowl or vessel that is just right for you!
This project has been a learning experience full of chemistry, metals, mud, and physics – and generosity. It is “good for us to do [the Empty Bowls project] for other people … I wish we could come back here [to MudFire] more,” noted Savannah Banks, 17.
Our last day visiting MudFire Studios in Decatur! We added finishing touches to our bowls with colored underglazes. Daphne showed us how to glaze our bowls so that they will be sleek and glassy for holding soup! They look a ghostly blue-white when the glaze dries on the surface. After firing in the kiln, the glaze will become clear.
Our last day visiting MudFire Studios in Decatur! Daphne and Kevin showed us how to glaze our bowls so that they will be sleek and glassy for holding soup! They look a ghostly blue-white when the glaze dries on the surface. After firing in the kiln, the glaze will become clear.
This week we used underglazes to add color to our bowls and carving tools to add dimensional drawings to the bowls’ surfaces. Deanna, Daphne, and Kevin at MudFire continued to help us learn and create!
This week we continued our ceramics project at MudFire Studios in Decatur. Daphne, Deanna, and ceramics resident Megan, along with MudFire members Amy and Tom, taught us about wheel throwing and hand-building.
This week we started our 4-week project at MudFire Studios in Decatur. The bowls that we are making at MudFire will be sold at our Empty Bowls Dinner Fundraiser on November 21st at the Goat Farm. Deanna and Daphne, along with ceramics resident Megan, showed us how to throw bowls on the wheel. It took a lot of trial and error, a lot of starting over, but everyone worked really hard and stuck with it!
Shawan Allen from Project Open Hand visited to share with us the good work that they do to help people with chronic disease or financial hardships have enough food to eat and learn how to manage their nutritional needs. The funds from our Empty Bowls dinner will benefit Project Open Hand.