Where To Start With Wheel Newbies?
Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:12 AM
It should be a bit easier than starting from scratch since he knows how to work with clay. I'd encourage him to give it more of a fair shake than just a week, throwing and hand building in combination leads to some of the most interesting pieces. I love the look of altered forms but my hand building skills are weak at this point.
Go with your gut, you know his personality, plan an experience that compliments his working style, relax and be flexible.
Posted 21 July 2014 - 07:06 PM
I would not ever encourage this attitude in a classroom, especially for wheel-throwing.
It shows a need for more practice and skill development, not creativity. I think we do creative people a load of disservice in labeling lazy accidents as "creative" when in reality, they are just poorly executed pieces.
I see the same attitude in sewing, and it drives me batty. No, being too lazy to change the color of thread in your machine does NOT come across as intentional "decorative contrast stitching" - it makes you look lazy and amateur, and I end up offended that you look to me for praise and validation of your "creativity" that is actually just half-assedness.
Posted 21 July 2014 - 09:29 PM
Every word she ^ said. I teach my students to make it cleanly , then alter it with a plan. To call inability to throw a clean pot 'artistic' is an insult to the efforts it takes to learn to throw well.
unevenly thrown, walls thick and thin, twisted ,bottoms drilled out, are failures to throw a piece, not creative or artistic work.
To me, "embrace the asymmetry" means congratulate yourself for your lack of skill. That is a disservice to my students, it demeans their ability to learn the skill and panders to their egos. Well placed critique is fundamental to teaching and learning.
As a student, I would much rather have an instructor teach me how to recover my errors in a pieces that to be told, "It's artistic, leave it like that"
Posted 22 July 2014 - 10:49 AM
I think TwinRocks has been misunderstood. He/she, I think was talking about a one off class of people that had experience ranging from mild to none and she did a demonstration and then let them have some fun on the wheels for a while as an intro to wheel throwing.
I don't think in that situation it would make sense to get too intense as the point sounds as if it was to just introduce what throwing is and let folks see what its like to try and make a form. Sounds like a fun first class to me, plenty of time to start getting serious if anyone is interested in continuing.
Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:23 AM
Posted 22 July 2014 - 04:29 PM
After a 5 week wheel throwing class at the local museum I went on craigslist and got a wheel. I got a kick wheel because that was all I could afford at the time. It was a great way to learn, especially having to control the speed of the wheel with the kicking etc. The kiln came later. But I just needed the sensation of making pots...
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