I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.—Georgia O’Keeffe
Hello 4Cats Friends!
🥶 🥶 🥶 We just returned home from a 14 day across Ontario studio tour and it was ch, ch, ch, chilly .
Our itinerary was as follows:
- 2 days renovating and sprucing up the 4Cats Port Credit studio
- visit 12 other studios, decorating, making good things and generally enjoying the winter view!
- stop at about 60 000 Timmies along the way.
There was lots of snow, excited 4Cats Kids and Michael Bublé, Sia and Harry Connick Jr. holiday music on heavy rotation. We met so many families who for them visiting the studio for Holiday workshops has become part of their holiday tradition.
We spent a lot of time talking with curators about all the amazing kids we teach and the funny things they say. “I could mix colours all day!” “I love this mug so much I want to sleep with it under my pillow!” “Your earrings remind me of Frida Kahlo.” “I love Lucky” (the fish) “I love leaving with paint on me – makes me feel like a real artist.”
“Your earrings remind me of Frida Kahlo.” – Avery at 4Cats Baby Point
Everyone is excited for Winter Session! One of the first projects students can choose is to make a really big and beautiful hot chocolate mug and take a spin at making plates on the clay wheel!
To make things even more exciting we are using a NEW kind of clay called Stoneware clay! Why? Because we are artists and love to mix things up and try new and exciting mediums.
“There is nothing better than new art supplies.” – All of us at 4Cats
Why Stoneware Clay?
- Stoneware is a really beautiful clay (see pics below for proof.) It takes a bit of getting used to but once you do it is really soft and makes absolutely lovely dishes.
- Stoneware Clay is tough (after it has been fired)! Great for everyday use.
- It looks really great if you don’t glaze the entire dish. By using masking techniques students can just leave a wee bit of the natural clay unglazed and it will look faaaaabulous (said in an Andy Warhol voice.)
And.. so many students are excited to take a spin the CLAY WHEEL! During the fall session I think I was asked by students about 6 zillion times when we get to use the clay wheels. 🙂
We will begin with the basics of wheel throwing, including centering, coning, and shaping the clay.
Georgia O’Keeffe was famous for her giant paintings of flowers, but she did a lot more than just paint flowers. She also painted landscapes and nature, things like leaves, trees, rocks, shells and bones that she saw all around her in the desert she called home. And when she wasn’t painting, she made beautiful pottery!
Want to learn more about how our art classes work… click here!
OK, have a great day everyone! Tomorrow, we are going to spend the day on the clay wheels in Victoria!
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