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November 20, 2019

Hot Chocolate Mug and Plate

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

There is nothing better than new art supplies.—All of us at 4Cats

This winter session we will gather in our warm and cozy studio with our artist friends to embark on a new clay adventure inspired by the incredible modernist artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. Georgia 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!

In our upcoming Exploratory Art Classes, students can begin a pottery adventure of their very own. Using a special type of clay called stoneware clay, our students can create the perfect companion for any cozy winter day inside - the best hot chocolate mug in the history of the universe, and their very own matching plate!

This project is a lovely introduction to both high-fire stoneware clay and throwing on the wheel. Stoneware clay is a durable white clay that can be glazed or left unglazed, and is a popular choice for potter’s around the world. Students will create a beautiful set of Georgia O’Keefe inspired pottery, using a variety of building techniques and styles to expand their ceramic skills and their imaginations. Beginning with hand-building, students will be introduced to stoneware clay and foundational ceramic skills, including slab rolling, scratch and slip, and shaping the clay with an assortment of artist’s tools to make the perfect, cozy hot chocolate mug!

 

In the following class, students will have the chance to take their clay skills to the next level by creating a set of beautiful stoneware plates to accompany their mug. Beginning with the basics of wheel throwing, including centering, coning, and shaping the clay, students can create a plate (or a few!) that are uniquely their own.

 

 

And of course, students can really show off their personality when they glaze their creations using both underglaze and overglaze to add shine to their pottery! Plus, glazing techniques like masking and dipping will be introduced for a variety of beautiful designs and patterns to choose between.

 

This is a project Georgia O’Keefe would be sure to love. She lived in a minimalist house in New Mexico decorated with handmade creations made by either herself or her many artist friends. Georgia knew how special a hand-made mug or plate could be, and so do we! That’s why we’re positive that students will love the chance to create a set of dishes of their very own, that they can use for years and years.

Our winter exploratory art classes are made up of 10 weeks of classes: At the beginning of your first 1.5 hour class two projects will be presented by your art instructors for students to pick between and get started on that very day! Students will continue working on their projects for the following classes, and begin a new project once they are finished! New projects will be presented throughout the 10 week session, with both familiar and new mediums for students to try, and exciting new artists to learn about.

Plus, we love to have parents come into the studio after class for our Gallery Show of all the art students worked on that day! Students are so excited to show off their projects, and we love the chance to talk to parents and answer questions! It is a wonderful time to share in the joy of art.

We can’t wait to see you in the studio!


OK, have a great day everyone! We are off to take a spin on the clay wheel!

 


 

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