Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Empty Bowls Clay Project

Waitsfield students are in the midst of a fabulous Artist Residency with local potter Leslie Montalto.  All students, pre-K to grade 6 have worked with Leslie to make three types of bowls.  The first bowl is a simple pinch pot. The second is a slab bowl with printed texture. The third (and most students' favorite) is a bowl on the wheel. 

In addition to working with Leslie in the art classroom, students also spent a day making site visits to other potters' studios or working on specific clay projects.  The various activities included:
  • Building a "pit fire" kiln at Leslie's house
  • Learning about the Raku process with "The Naked Potter" Luke Iannuzzi
  • Visit to Noel Bailey's pottery studio
  • Working on pottery wheels at Montpelier Mud Studio
  • Building clay bells with Katie Babic
  • Hand-building pocket planters with potter Bobbie Platt (and me!)