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Our last QOTW, and the "problems" a few of our potter mothers and fathers have with visiting children in their studios, gave me the idea for this weeks question:

 

I'd like to see the kids "playing with mud" (I know, I know, one doesn't say playing with mud anymore.... ;) ). It can be a picture of your own child or a picture/video found on the net. It should be cute and show the future clay masters....

If you don't want to show the face or your child, that's understandable. Take a pic of the hands or feet..89619eb394.jpg

 

Here is my contribution. Kids making moooooonsterssssss.....

 

Btw: if you'd rather take a pic of your clay obsessed cat or dog or parakeet.... feel free.

 

Have a great week everybody!

 

Evelyne

 

 

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This is my son a year or so ago. I was sitting behind him teaching him how to use his hands to move the clay around, he said I don't need any more help daddy. So I just sat back and watched him drill holes in the bottom.

 

Now when he comes out he just wants to hand build stuff. I end up mopping after every visit because millions of little clay balls end up on my floor. I doubt he will be a clay master. He is more into robots and electronics. He wants to learn to program as soon as he can read well so that he can start working on building a robot. 

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Clay is such a wonderful medium liked by most of the kids.I,picked this picture from net.I find there is somuch magical about kids when they are absorbed and playing with clay,they express it so differently and so meaningful.

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"Every child is an artist "...by Pablo fits so perfectly here.

 

Only a child sees things with perfect clarity because it has not developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don’t expect us to see.

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I posted some kid pictures to the gallery, I was having trouble getting them the right size to post here.

 

First two were a teaching and throwing demo at the makers fair for a studio I belonged to. The others are from my daughters elementary school, every year she was in elementary school I would volunteer and provide all materials, firing and instruction for the whole class and we would make something. One year the kids made ceramic red white and blue pendants and the teacher sent them overseas to the troops fighting in the Middle East.

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I *totally* have cute kids!! (Which is how they're surviving to adulthood, given the mischief level.)

Skyler is my 7 year old son, and he's done drawings of his pet dragon that wound up on the side of one of Mommy's big mugs. He's also the dude at the table with the intent look on his face. My daughter Raven just turned 4. A friend caught this moment of her with a handful of clay I gave her to distract her long enough to finish pulling the handle I'm working on in the background. She is fond of all the potters that post pictures of their bunnies on Instagram. (I guess the new "real potter" identifier is that you need a rabbit.)

 

 

I would like to let everyone know that I "like" all of your kid photos. (Darn quota.)

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I have no pictures but there are kids classes at our community studio. Its so fun to listen to their delight in playing with clay. They make some really cool stuff and its fun to see their results.  They make ice cream cones, rain sticks, ocarinas , bugs and animals of all sorts, bridges and creatures.  Some times I get to help herd them safely when the instructor does raku for them.  they love to squirt the hot pieces.   Lucky kids.   rakuku

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This is a couple years old at this point, but one of the better ones I have.  

 

I had the vase essentially done, but gave my daughter a try.  She caused the top to slightly fold in on itself.  Of course, I saved and fired it.  We still haven't glazed it oddly enough. I plan to have her glaze it in the near future.

 

 

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Thank you everybody for all the cute and beautiful pictures. I appreciate it very much. I ran out of likes, but I will return tomorrow and click on more likes. I so love to see children starting to "play with clay". This is such a great material to learn the little ones to love art. And I hope we can see Benzine's daughters glazed results.

 

Thank you once again. Kudos!!

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