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  1. I don't know how this course was approved. I saw a college ceramics course offering of a pottery wheel throwing class being offered for this Fall 2021 semester. The college still wants courses to be taught online. Either synchronous or asynchronous learning. Is it possible to teach what was a live-in person, hands-on course before the shutdown, be taught online where most students don't have their own personal pottery wheel or access to a potter's wheel where they can work and practice at home?
  2. Which of the two methods is most effective teaching online? Why? My focus in teaching online was to bring and continue the opportunity of experiencing touching clay, manipulating and fabricating a 3D form. I currently teach synchronously where my students and I meet at scheduled day and time and during the 2 hours and 50 minutes of class time I present clay projects using air dry clay. During the shutdown, most students do not have a kiln, they don't have glazes and a potters wheel. The first hour I will show You Tube videos I created of me demonstrating a clay project but without audio. We meet in a zoom meeting and I'll show the videos and narrate what I'm doing in the video. Next, the next hour would of teaching consist of lecture and/or discussion of the project challenge. Then the remainder of time is dedicated to the students working on the project with my being online, available for questions or comments of what they are creating. Since the March shutdown, I've been teaching in the synchronous method. Now the upcoming summer session is around the corner and the director of our program wants to change and have the faculty to teach using the asynchronous method. I like meeting with my students so we can share our concepts and approaches on our zoom meeting. I'll encourage my students to post their project images on a Discussions board where students and I can visit and reply to the projects shown, and often I will share screen with my and go to Discussions and exchange thoughts of the posted work. What about you? Are you teaching online and what method of instruction is most effective for you? Thank you for your time. Stay safe
  3. Colleges today loan out their video equipment, laptops, chrome books like they would in their campus libraries. Since we are staying home and learning online during this pandemic, would it be too crazy for a college ceramics studio to invest in purchasing some table top potters wheels as part of their ceramics studio equipment and loan them out to only enrolled students for the current semester. The students set up a work area at home for the table top wheel and the instructor schedules zoom meetings, teaching wheel throwing online. The studio lab techs would post and email a firing schedule for pick up and drop off dates and times and shelving areas for both green ware, bisque ware and glaze ware at the college. Students would drop off their work to be processed through and follow the schedule for pick up time. The studio techs would have their jobs to load and fire projects. Students would follow the instructor's recommendations for glazes through more zoom meetings. Too Crazy Idea?
  4. After World War II, some American G.I.'s decided to stay and live in the countries they deployed in during the war. In Japan there were a few that were potters. Anyone know the history of these potters?
  5. Has anyone use any of the 3 types of kilns to do a green ware pit firing in their backyard at home? Anyone care to share their step-by-step loading and firing techniques.
  6. I teach senior adults under a community college which offers zero unit ceramics courses in a Health services program. With the corona virus shutdown, I've discussed with another ceramics instructor the idea of having students work outside of the studio. We discussed a major safety issue and we've decided not to encourage working outside of the studio environment. The students can no longer go to a studio that's well-equipped that has safety rules, offers buying clay, clay tools, equipment like potters wheels and a slab roller, glazes and kilns. The safety issue is wherever each student is working with clay at home, it maybe the kitchen, the patio, garage, etc.., will a student be able to control the making and inhaling of clay dust?
  7. Thank you for your response. The classes are offered through a community college and all of my students rely on attending classes at a well equipped studio that has a safety rules. Because of the corona virus, many students will want to work at home, in the kitchen, garage, or patio. They may not be practicing the same studio safety rules at home, one of which is creating clay dust. I cannot encourage working at home. I could get in trouble if a student gets sick by inhaling dust. So going back to the issue of how to teach a hands-on clay class online, is it possible?
  8. I teach ceramic students at a senior citizen community where the art curriculum is division of a community college's health services program. Our art program shut down two weeks ago because of the coronavirus. The 3 courses I instruct are ceramics related. They are 0 credit courses. Our program director has asked the faculty to teach our courses online. How do you teach a beginning potters wheel class online? A basic hand building class online? All I can think of is having my students view a list of You Tube ceramics videos. Suggestions, recommendations, comments welcomed. For that matter, how do you teach other 3 dimensional courses like jewelry, wood working, stone cutting, stain glass, slip casting, teaching them online?
  9. Years ago, I saw a mini raku kiln made from soft bricks and fired with a Mapp gas torch. A top loader, only space for loading one pot at a time, using a half brick as a damper. The raku pots were small, about 2" x 3" and would only take about 10 minutes to fire, The post reduction container was a tin coffee can. I can't remember how it was built. Anyone have an idea of how to build one? It reminds me of a small rocket stove.
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